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Nothingness : the science of empty space

Author: Henning Genz
Publisher: Reading, Mass. ; Oxford : Perseus, 2002.
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henning Genz
ISBN: 0738206105 9780738206103
OCLC Number: 48836264
Description: 352 pages
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.
Responsibility: Henning Genz.

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Physicist Henning Genz 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  Read more...

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