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Hidden Symmetries: From bkl to Kac-moody


Nicolai,  Hermann
Quantum Gravity & Unified Theories, AEI-Golm, MPI for Gravitational Physics, Max Planck Society;

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Fleig, P., & Nicolai, H. (2015). Hidden Symmetries: From bkl to Kac-moody. In K. Rosquist, R. T. Jantzen, & R. Ruffini (Eds.), Proceedings of the MG13 Meeting on General Relativity (pp. 80-82). World Scientific.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0024-D42B-0
In this contribution we aim to provide a very brief introduction to some of the work that has been done over the last 50 years on the problem of trying to understand the dynamics of space-time close to a cosmological singularity. Starting with the pioneering work of BKL, we move on to outline how their early work has more recently led to surprising connections with the theory of Kac-Moody algebras. We will discuss the stimulus these developments have had for the problem of quantising gravity.