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The first of 14 lectures on quantum gravity, given by Bianca Dittrich, of the Perimeter Institute, at the 2013-2014 PSI. This lecture provides an introduction to quantum gravity and discusses the Einstein-Hilbert action.
If, by the way, you have trouble making out something on the board during this lecture, then follow the link below to a pdf showing stills of every change to the board throughout this lecture:
http://pirsa.org/pdf/loadpdf.php?pirsa_number=14020061
The textbooks Dittrich suggests for the course are:
Basics: http://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-first-course-in-loop-quantum-gravity-9780199590759;jsessionid=5C276C324B0E067CD9526079C1C5F37F?cc=tw&lang=en&
Advanced: http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0409061
More Advanced: http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0210094
These are NOT my videos! All rights, credit, etc. go to the Perimeter Institute, which can be found at the website linked to below. All the videos come from, and can be downloaded from in various formats and from previous years, the Perimeter Institute (where these lectures took place) website:
http://perimeterscholars.org/447.html
**NOTE** For some reason, lecture 4 (on canonical analysis and the gravity hamiltonian) from this course is not available in a format that can be uploaded on Youtube, but it can be viewed on the PI website via the following link:
http://pirsa.org/displayFlash.php?id=14020064
Moreover, a pdf showing the boards for that lecture can be found here:
http://pirsa.org/pdf/loadpdf.php?pirsa_number=14020064
Before tackling these lectures, it would be nice if you have a solid understanding of Einstein's special and general relativity. To that end, you might be interested in the following collections of lectures on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLD9DDFBDC338226CA
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpGHT1n4-mAvcXwzOIz3dHnGZaQP1LEib
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF56602BAC693237E
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6C8BDEEBA6BDC78D
There are numerous resources on quantum gravity for one to peruse, for example:
http://www.cpt.univ-mrs.fr/~rovelli/book.pdf
http://stringworld.ru/files/Ortin_T._Gravity_and_strings.pdf
Lastly, here is a lecture on quantum gravity by Susskind with an eye towards its philosophical implications:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK4rhkcsQDc

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