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Why does D = 4, rather than more (or less)? An Orwellian explanation

Deser, S. (2020) Why does D = 4, rather than more (or less)? An Orwellian explanation. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences, 476 (2234). Art. No. 20190632. ISSN 1364-5021. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20191028-150643738

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Abstract

Two simple, if draconian, assumptions about classical gravity actions fix space–time’s dimension at D = 4.


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https://doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2019.0632DOIArticle
https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.08751arXivDiscussion Paper
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Deser, S.0000-0001-9285-9434
Additional Information:© 2020 The Author(s). Published by the Royal Society. Manuscript received 25/09/2019; Manuscript accepted 24/12/2019; Published online 05/02/2020; Published in print 02/2020. For Mike Duff, friend, collaborator, eminent theoretician, peerless Defender of the Faith, on his 70th. One contribution to a special feature ‘Quantum gravity, branes and M-theory’ dedicated to Michael J. Duff on the occasion of his 70th birthday organized by Leron Borsten, Alessio Marrani, Christopher Pope and Kellogg Stelle. I thank Bayram Tekin for useful correspondence and J. Franklin for great Tex help. Data accessibility: This article has no additional data. Authors' contributions: All authors contributed to the writing and revision of the manuscript. I declare I have no competing interest. The work of S.D. was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of High Energy Physics, under Award no. de-sc0011632.
Group:Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-SC0011632
Subject Keywords:gravity; higher dimensions; why D = 4
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Official Citation:Deser S. 2020. Why does D=4, rather than more (or less)? An Orwellian explanation. Proc. R. Soc. A 476:20190632. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2019.0632
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