22-28 July 2010
Palais des Congrès de Paris
Europe/Paris timezone

Gravity as an Emergent Force

22 Jul 2010, 14:00
37m
Salle 252A ()

Salle 252A

Parallel Session Talk 12 - Beyond Quantum Field Theory Approaches (including String Theories) 12 - Beyond Quantum Field Theory Approaches (including String Theories)

Speaker

Prof. Erik Verlinde (ITP, University of Amsterdam)

Description

Starting from first principles and general assumptions Newton's law of gravitation is shown to arise naturally and unavoidably in a theory in which space is emergent through a holographic scenario. Gravity is explained as an entropic force caused by changes in the information associated with the positions of material bodies. A relativistic generalization of the presented arguments directly leads to the Einstein equations. When space is emergent even Newton's law of inertia needs to be explained. The equivalence principle leads us to conclude that it is actually this law of inertia whose origin is entropic.

Primary author

Prof. Erik Verlinde (ITP, University of Amsterdam)

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