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Time:   22. September 2014
Place:   Institute of Physics
Title:   Short Course on Quantum Gravity (part four)
Abstract:
In the final lecture we will conclude the overview of the canonical quantization, and briefly mention the application of the theory to concrete cases. We will analyze the structure of the scalar constraint and the so-called Thiemann trick, we shall describe how to add matter fields to the formalism, give a brief sketch of the calculation of the black hole entropy, and we will mention the main features of Loop Quantum Cosmology and the Big Bounce model. At the end we will discuss the open problems of the theory, as well as the directions for further research. As usual, we will try to present the material slowly and methodically.