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Nothingness : the science of empty space

Author: Henning Genz
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2001], ©1999.
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"This is a wonderful book on one of the most puzzling problems of physics and philosophy: Does empty space have an existence independent of the matter within it? Einstein thought not. In his universe, there can be no space without matter; but quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg's famous "uncertainty principle" allows for the spontaneous, though fleeting, creation and destruction of fundamental particles from empty  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henning Genz
ISBN: 0738206105 9780738206103
OCLC Number: 68788614
Notes: Originally published: Reading, Mass. : Perseus Books, ©1999.
Description: xi, 340 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: Things, Just Things --
1. Prologue: Physics and Metaphysics --
2. Nothing, Nobody, Nowhere, Never: Philosophical, Linguistic, and Religious Ideas on Nothingness --
3. Problems with Nothingness: How to Make It a Physical Reality --
4. Matter in the Void: Ether, Space, Fields --
5. Crowded Space: Movement All Around --
the Quantum Vacuum --
6. Spontaneous Creation: Particles and Fields --
7. Let Nature be as She May: Special Systems --
8. Nothing is Real: The Universe as a Whole --
9. Epilogue: Physics and Metaphysics.
Other Titles: Entdeckung des Nichts.
Responsibility: Henning Genz ; translated by Karin Heusch.
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"This is a wonderful book on one of the most puzzling problems of physics and philosophy: Does empty space have an existence independent of the matter within it? Einstein thought not. In his universe, there can be no space without matter; but quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg's famous "uncertainty principle" allows for the spontaneous, though fleeting, creation and destruction of fundamental particles from empty space. As physicist Henning Genz shows, "empty space" is really not empty at all; in fact it is an ocean seething with the creation and destruction of subatomic particles. Through the use of crystal-clear prose and over a hundred cleverly rendered and exceptionally instructive illustrations, 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 latest theories of quantum physics and cosmology." "While some of man's ideas about the vacuum of outer space have been treated sporadically in other books, this is the first book for the nonscientist on a much neglected yet incredibly interesting segment of modern physics and timeless philosophy."--Jacket.

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