Nothingness: The Science Of Empty Space

Nothingness: The Science Of Empty Space


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738206103
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/01/2001
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 341,666
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.00(d)

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 Thingsvii
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
Figure Sources325

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