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http://arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9803024

Strings, loops and others: a critical survey of the present approaches to quantum gravity Carlo Rovelli (Submitted on 5 Mar 1998 (v1), last revised 7 Apr 1998 (this version, v3))

I review the present theoretical attempts to understand the quantum properties of spacetime. In particular, I illustrate the main achievements and the main difficulties in: string theory, loop quantum gravity, discrete quantum gravity (Regge calculus, dynamical triangulations and simplicial models), Euclidean quantum gravity, perturbative quantum gravity, quantum field theory on curved spacetime, noncommutative geometry, null surfaces, topological quantum field theories and spin foam models. I also briefly review several recent advances in understanding black hole entropy and attempt a critical discussion of our present understanding of quantum spacetime.