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.
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About the Author
Henning Genz is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is the author of the popular science book Symmetrie: Bauplan der Natur (Symmetry: Blueprint of Nature).
Table of Contents
|Preface: Things, Just Things||vii|
|1||Prologue: Physics and Metaphysics||1|
|2||Nothing, Nobody, Nowhere, Never: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Religious Ideas on Nothingness||33|
|3||Problems with Nothingness: How to Make It a Physical Reality||97|
|4||Matter in the Void: Ether, Space, Fields||145|
|5||Crowded Space: Movement All Around--the Quantum Vacuum||179|
|6||Spontaneous Creation: Particles and Fields||209|
|7||Let Nature be as she May: Special Systems||227|
|8||Nothing is Real: The Universe as a Whole||257|
|9||Epilogue: Physics and Metaphysics||305|