Void

Void

The Strange Physics of Nothing

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
1
Rate this:
In his newest volume, James Owen Weatherall 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.
Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780300209983
0300209983
Branch Call Number: 530.01 WEA 2016
Characteristics: 196 pages ; 22 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

m
mckeett
Apr 22, 2017

The book is basically a history of science presentation about the development of physics from Newton's concepts, through Einstein's general relativity, through quantum mechanics, then QED highlighting Dirac and Feynman. It is clever to use the empty or vacuum state to describe these theories because that is the most simple state. And theories like QED can be very complicated very quickly. Weatherall is not in the class of Feynman as a presenter of physics but his book is not unreadably dry either. It was a worthwhile read.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at NWPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top