The case for background independence

  title={The case for background independence},
  author={Lee Smolin},
  journal={arXiv: High Energy Physics - Theory},
  • L. Smolin
  • Published 25 July 2005
  • Philosophy, Physics
  • arXiv: High Energy Physics - Theory
The aim of this paper is to explain carefully the arguments behind the assertion that the correct quantum theory of gravity must be background independent. We begin by recounting how the debate overwhetherquantum gravity must be background independent is a continuation of a long-standing argument in the history of physics and philosophy over whether space and time are relational or absolute. This leads to a careful statement of what physicists mean when we speak of background independence… 
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