Void: The Strange Physics Of Nothing (Foundational Questions In Science)

  • Publish Date: 2016-11-22
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: James Owen Weatherall

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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 Weatheralls previous book, The Physics of Wall Street, was a New York Times best-seller and named one of Physics Todays five most intriguing books of 2013. In his newest volume, he takes on a fundamental concept of modern physics: nothing. The physics of stuffprotons, neutrons, electrons, and even quarks and gluonsis 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 Newtons picture cant 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 spaceand solidifies his reputation as a science writer to watch.

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