Nothingness: The Science Of Empty Space

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Basic Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Science - 352 pages
Nothingness 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 is it an ocean seething with the creation and destruction of virtual matter? With crystal-clear prose and more than 100 cleverly rendered illustrations, physicist Henning 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 current theories of quantum physics and cosmology to give us the story of one of the most fundamental and puzzling areas of modern physics and philosophy.

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Henning Genz is a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is the author of the popular science book Symmetrie: Bauplan der Natur (Symmetry: Blueprint of Nature).

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