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A Century of Gravity: 1901-2000 (Plus Some 2001)

Deser, S. (2002) A Century of Gravity: 1901-2000 (Plus Some 2001). International Journal of Modern Physics A, 17 (S01). pp. 32-46. ISSN 0217-751X. doi:10.1142/S0217751X02012995.

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This lecture consists of two parts. The first is a (totally unsystematic) survey of some of the high points in the evolution of gravity and its successors, primarily in the course of the past century. The second summarizes some new work on surprising properties of higher (> 1) spin fields in cosmological backgrounds: the presence of Λ gives rise to discrete sets of massive models endowed with gauge invariances, that divide the (m^2, Λ) plane into unitary and non-unitary phases. The unitary region common to fermions and bosons shrinks to flat space (Λ → 0) as their spins increase.

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Additional Information:© 2002 World Scientific Publishing Company. It is a pleasure to thank A. Waldron for intensive and extensive collaboration. I am grateful to several colleagues, especially T. Damour, F. Hehl and A. Trautman for helpful historical lore. This work was supported by NSF Grant PHY99-73935.
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Official Citation:A Century of Gravity: 1901-2000 (Plus Some 2001) S. Deser International Journal of Modern Physics A 2002 17:supp01, 32
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