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This is an informal review of the formulation of canonical general relativity and of its implications for quantum gravity; the various versions are compared, both in the continuum and in a discretized approximation suggested by Regge calculus. I also show that the weakness of the link with the geometric content of the theory gives rise to what I think is a serious flaw in the claimed derivation of a discrete structure for space at the quantum level.

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An approach to the discrete quantum gravity based on the Regge calculus is discussed which was developed in a number of our papers. Regge calculus is general relativity for the subclass of general Riemannian manifolds called piecewise flat ones. Regge calculus deals with the discrete set of variables, triangulation lengths, and contains continuous general relativity as a particular limiting case when the lengths tend to zero. In our approach the quantum length expectations are nonzero and of the order of Plank scale $10^{-33}cm$. This means the discrete spacetime structure on these scales.

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We propose a hybrid model of simplicial quantum gravity by performing at once dynamical triangulations and Regge calculus. A motive for the hybridization is to give a dynamical description of topology-changing processes of Euclidean spacetime. In addition, lattice diffeomorphisms as invariance of the simplicial geometry are generated by certain elementary moves in the model. We attempt also a lattice-theoretic derivation of the black hole entropy using the symmetry. Furthermore, numerical simulations of 3D pure gravity are carried out,exhibiting a large hysteresis between two phases. We also measure geometric properties of Euclidean `time slice' based on a geodesic distance, resulting in a fractal structure in the strong-coupling phase. Our hybrid model not only reproduces numerical results consistent with those of dynamical triangulations and Regge calculus, but also opens a possibility of studying quantum black hole physics on the lattice.

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The relation between Loop Quantum Gravity and Regge calculus has been pointed out many times in the literature. In particular the large spin asymptotics of the Barrett-Crane vertex amplitude is known to be related to the Regge action. In this paper we study a semiclassical regime of Loop Quantum Gravity and show that it admits an effective description in terms of perturbative area-Regge-calculus. The regime of interest is identified by a class of states given by superpositions of four-valent spin networks, peaked on large spins. As a probe of the dynamics in this regime, we compute explicitly two- and three-area correlation functions at the vertex amplitude level. We find that they match with the ones computed perturbatively in area-Regge-calculus with a single 4-simplex, once a specific perturbative action and measure have been chosen in the Regge-calculus path integral. Correlations of other geometric operators and the existence of this regime for other models for the dynamics are briefly discussed.

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We study 2D quantum gravity on spherical topologies using the Regge calculus approach. Our goal is to shed new light upon the validity of the Regge approach to quantum gravity, which has recently been questioned in the literature. We incorporate an $R^2$ interaction term and investigate its effect on the value of the string susceptibility exponent $\gamma_{\rm str}$ using two different finite-size scaling Ans\"atze. Our results suggest severe shortcomings of the methods used so far to determine $\GS$ and show a possible cure of the problems. To have better control over the influence of irregular vertices, we choose besides the almost regular triangulation of the sphere as the surface of a cube a random triangulation according to the Voronoi-Delaunay prescription.

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We demonstrate by explicit calculation of the DeWitt-like measure in two-dimensional quantum Regge gravity that it is highly non-local and that the average values of link lengths $l, $, do not exist for sufficient high powers of $n$. Thus the concept of length has no natural definition in this formalism and a generic manifold degenerates into spikes. This might explain the failure of quantum Regge calculus to reproduce the continuum results of two-dimensional quantum gravity. It points to severe problems for the Regge approach in higher dimensions.

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We report a high statistics simulation of Ising spins coupled to 2D quantum gravity in the Regge calculus approach using triangulated tori with up to $512^2$ vertices. For the constant area ensemble and the $dl/l$ functional measure we definitively can exclude the critical exponents of the Ising phase transition as predicted for dynamically triangulated surfaces. We rather find clear evidence that the critical exponents agree with the Onsager values for static regular lattices, independent of the coupling strength of an $R^2$ interaction term. For exploratory simulations using the lattice version of the Misner measure the situation is less clear.

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While there has been some advance in the use of Regge calculus as a tool in numerical relativity, the main progress in Regge calculus recently has been in quantum gravity. After a brief discussion of this progress, attention is focussed on two particular, related aspects. Firstly, the possible definitions of diffeomorphisms or gauge transformations in Regge calculus are examined and examples are given. Secondly, an investigation of the signature of the simplicial supermetric is described. This is the Lund-Regge metric on simplicial configuration space and defines the distance between simplicial three-geometries. Information on its signature can be used to extend the rather limited results on the signature of the supermetric in the continuum case. This information is obtained by a combination of analytic and numerical techniques. For the three-sphere and the three-torus, the numerical results agree with the analytic ones and show the existence of degeneracy and signature change. Some ``vertical'' directions in simplicial configuration space, corresponding to simplicial metrics related by gauge transformations, are found for the three-torus.

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Area Regge calculus is a candidate theory of simplicial gravity, based on the Regge action with triangle areas as the dynamical variables. It is characterized by metric discontinuities and vanishing deficit angles. Area Regge calculus arises in the large-spin limit of the Barrett-Crane spinfoam model, but not in the newer EPRL/FK model. We address the viability of area Regge calculus as a discretization of General Relativity. We argue that when all triangles are spacelike and all tetrahedra have the same signature, non-trivial solutions of the area calculus are associated with a nonzero Ricci scalar. Our argument rests on a seemingly natural regularization of the metric discontinuities. It rules out the Euclidean area calculus, as well as the Lorentzian sector with all tetrahedra spacelike - the two setups usually considered in spinfoam models. On the other hand, we argue that the area calculus has attractive properties from the point of view of finite-region observables in quantum gravity.

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We briefly review past applications of Regge calculus in classical numerical relativity, and then outline a programme for the future development of the field. We briefly describe the success of lattice gravity in constructing initial data for the head-on collision of equal mass black holes, and discuss recent results on the efficacy of Regge calculus in the continuum limit.