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Weatherall J.O. Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing (Foundational Questions in Science)

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Weatherall J.O. Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing (Foundational Questions in Science)
Yale University Press, Templeton Press, UK, 2016. — 122 p. — ISBN: 0300209983
The rising star author of The Physics of Wall Street explores why "nothing" may hold the key to the next era of theoretical physics.
James Owen Weatherall's previous book, The Physics of Wall Street, was a New York Times bestseller and named one of Physics Today's five most intriguing books of 2013. In his newest volume, he takes on a fundamental concept of modern physics: nothing. The physics of stuff—protons, neutrons, electrons, and even quarks and gluons—is at least somewhat familiar to most of us. But what about the physics of nothing? Isaac Newton thought of empty space as nothingness extended in all directions, a kind of theater in which physics could unfold. But both quantum theory and relativity tell us that Newton's picture can't be right. Nothing, it turns out, is an awful lot like something, with a structure and properties every bit as complex and mysterious as matter. In his signature lively prose, Weatherall explores the very nature of empty space—and solidifies his reputation as a science writer to watch.
Contents
Prologue: Muh Ado about Nothing
The Plenum and the Void
Waves of Space Itself
The Nothing Nothings
Epilogue: Why Nothing Really Matters: Quantum Gravity and Beyond
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