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Description: This short, smart book tells you everything you need to know about "nothing." What remains when you take all the matter away? Can empty space--"nothing"--exist? To answer these questions, eminent scientist Frank Close takes us on a lively and accessible journey that ranges from ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research, illuminating the story of how scientists have explored the void and the rich discoveries they have made there. Readers will find an enlightening history of the vacuum: how the efforts to make a better vacuum led to the discovery of the electron; the ideas of Newton, Mach, and Einstein on the nature of space and time; the mysterious aether and how Einstein did away with it; and the latest ideas that the vacuum is filled with the Higgs field. The story ranges from the absolute zero of temperature and the seething vacuum of virtual particles and anti-particles that fills space, to the extreme heat and energy of the early universe.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/26/2009
Size: 4.50" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
|Much Ado About Nothing|
|How Empty is an Atom?|
|Waves in What?|
|Travelling on a Light Beam|
|The Cost of Free Space|
|The Infinite Sea|
|The Higgs Vacuum|
|The New Void|