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The Weight of the vacuum : a scientific history of dark energy

Author: Helge S Kragh; James Martin Overduin
Publisher: Heidelberg : Springer, cop. 2014.
Series: SpringerBriefs in physics (Print)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery of cosmic acceleration due to dark energy, a discovery that is all the more perplexing as nobody knows what dark energy actually is.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helge S Kragh; James Martin Overduin
ISBN: 9783642550898 3642550894
OCLC Number: 884863929
Description: 1 vol. (VIII-113 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Early ideas of space and vacuum.- The active ether.- Planck's second quantum theory.- Half-quanta and zero-point energy.- Nernst's cosmic quantum ether.- The Hamburg connection.- The cosmological constant.- From Casimir to Zel'dovich.- Inflation and the false vacuum.- Variable cosmological constants and quintessence.- How heavy is the vacuum?.- The accelerating universe.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in physics (Print)
Responsibility: Helge S. Kragh, James M. Overduin.

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"This is an interesting historical overview of the development of ideas relating to vacuum energy. It is a well-written, easy read, and should appeal to anyone with an interest in dark energy, which Read more...

 
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