Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space

Nothingness: The Science of Empty Space

by Henning Genz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0738206105

ISBN-13: 9780738206103

Pub. Date: 11/01/2001

Publisher: Basic Books


Nothingness addresses one of the most puzzling problems of physics and philosophy: Does empty space have an existence independent of the matter within it? Is "empty space" really empty, or is it an ocean seething with the creation and destruction of virtual matter? With crystal-clear prose and more than 100 cleverly rendered illustrations, physicist Henning

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Nothingness addresses one of the most puzzling problems of physics and philosophy: Does empty space have an existence independent of the matter within it? Is "empty space" really empty, or is it an ocean seething with the creation and destruction of virtual matter? With crystal-clear prose and more than 100 cleverly rendered illustrations, physicist Henning Genz takes the reader from the metaphysical speculations of the ancient Greek philosophers, through the theories of Newton and the early experiments of his contemporaries, right up to the current theories of quantum physics and cosmology to give us the story of one of the most fundamental and puzzling areas of modern physics and philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738206103
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/01/2001
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Things, Just Thingsvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
1Prologue: Physics and Metaphysics1
2Nothing, Nobody, Nowhere, Never: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Religious Ideas on Nothingness33
3Problems with Nothingness: How to Make It a Physical Reality97
4Matter in the Void: Ether, Space, Fields145
5Crowded Space: Movement All Around--the Quantum Vacuum179
6Spontaneous Creation: Particles and Fields209
7Let Nature be as she May: Special Systems227
8Nothing is Real: The Universe as a Whole257
9Epilogue: Physics and Metaphysics305
Notes317
Figure Sources325
Bibliography327
Index337

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