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The void

Author: F E Close
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"'Nature abhors a vacuum', or so it was believed. From early efforts to create a perfect vacuum, the exploration of nothingness has driven scientists towards a deeper understanding of the nature of matter, space and time. From this striving came the development of the concept of fields, and the idea of the 'aether', which was thought to permeate all space, and was blown away by Einstein's work on relativity.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Nonfiction
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: F E Close
ISBN: 9780199225903 0199225907 9786611149895 6611149899
OCLC Number: 166290750
Description: ix, 166 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Much ado about nothing --
How empty is an atom? --
Space --
Waves in what? --
Travelling on a light beam --
The cost of free space --
The infinite sea --
The Higgs vacuum --
The new void.
Responsibility: Frank Close.
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What is 'the void'? What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space - 'nothing' - exist? This little book explores the science and the history of the elusive void: from Aristotle's  Read more...

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It covers very complicated concepts in a mostly accessible way. Lawrence Rudnick, Nature A fascinating subject covered by a fascinating book. Marcus Chown, Focus

 
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