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The Void #2020

The Void What is the void 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

  • Title: The Void
  • Author: Frank Close
  • ISBN: 9780199225903
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Void By Frank Close, What is the void 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 diWhat is the void 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 understanding that the vacuum is filled with fields 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 It compares the ways that substances change from gas to liquid and solid with the way that the vacuum of our universe has changed as the temperature dropped following the Big Bang It covers modern ideas that there may be dimensions to the void than those that we currently are aware of and even that our universe is but one in a multiverse The Void takes us inside a field of science that may ultimately provide answers to some of cosmology s most fundamental questions what lies outside the universe, and, if there was once nothing, then how did the universe begin

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    1. There are many books devoted to the standard model,the Higgs field and Higgs boson,each one with its own personality.This book is foccused in the concept of void,and is in some way a philosofical book.Begins with the concept of void by greek philosofers and tells the history of the concet till the absolute space time of Newton,the space permeated by the ether inth Maxwell electomagnetism,the defeat of the ether by Einstein and the revival of the idea as now the void is a geometry filled with qu [...]

    2. Frank Close isn t kind to his readers The book is full of science fact and scientific gobbledygook that will fly over the heads of the layman I learned a thing or two about the nature of atoms and electromagnetism, but that s not what I started reading this book to learn The author gives us an almost complete breakdown of the matter that makes up the universe, proving it with equations that mean nothing to me I wanted philosophy less textbook.

    3. This book wasn t my first foray into advanced science writing and it will not be my last, but I did find myself lost in a few of the advanced ideas discussed in this book I can understand quantum physics from a layman s standpoint and I believe I catch on fairly quickly with most general ideas dealing with advanced physics so be prepared for a difficult time if you have no background with the history or basic concepts that lead into the last half of this book.I very much enjoyed the connection [...]

    4. Coupled with A Universe from Nothing, this has to be one of my preferred popular physics books that I have read so far this year Frank Close gives a survey over the Void and the concept of Nothing his writing is very accessible The only thing I can think to hold against this book, is the overall rushed feeling to it Close drops some heavy equations into his explanations of relativity and the notion of quantum nothingness, which may be totally new and unfamiliar to people who haven t taken a coup [...]

    5. What s the opposite of void Because this book is that.In fact, the title of this book might be a little misleading because it is so jam packed with info It was a wonderful read, swirling with currents of energy and supercharged particles of knowledge A thoroughly amazing little book with content and an approach that mirrors the subject matter nothingness is but energy misunderstood Read it and prepare for a trip across unimaginably small distances that will change you forever.

    6. What is left if you take all the matter away The nature of nothingness , the concept of the Void has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries Space is not emptyw models showing the real nature of space have been producedtake a look at the nobel website for the presentation on Asymptotic Freedom if you want a graphic of this model of the true nature of space let me know I ll send it to ya George

    7. This book is a pretty good short read It starts off with explanations that are a too basic for my interest, and then it ends with concepts so advanced e.g imaginary time that they can only be explained in relatively unsatisfactory cursory ways In the middle there were a few descriptions of concepts like the infinitely deep sea of particles in the vacuum and symmetry breaking that were mostly familiar, but each time I hear it I feel like I understand it a little .

    8. The early chapters were philosophy, and the rest was all physics A torrent of ideas, which read like an extended exam paper or thesis in physics What at first seemed to be an interesting investigation quickly dwindled into a monotonous march of ideas A shame as this could have been much better done.

    9. Really enjoyable read Excellent job at explaining the important physics concepts ad orienting the reader A good way for me to refresh and get back into complex books about theoretical physics Recommend to anyone who s curious about the subject are and looking for a way to get their feet wet.

    10. Another great little science book by a great science writer Convinced me that there might be to absolutely nothing than first meets the eye A thorough and digestible history of the search for the beginning of everything, with relatively easy to understand descriptions of the worlds of relativity and the quantum.

    11. Despite some of the reviews I ve read, I thought this was a fantastic read It does mostly talk about the history of the concept of nothingness and about the evolution of physics principles to explain it If you like most modern physics reading books, particularly quantum and particle physics stuff, this is an excellent read.

    12. Really interesting read, but a little academic for my tastes However, Close does not drone on like Hawking in his explanation of quantum physics Really like that s its short The introduction was really well written and I enjoyed the concepts in it.

    13. The Void is a fascinating little book about all the little bits of stuff bouncing around in nothing, and how we came to find them Highly recommended for the scientifically curious.

    14. Pretty heavy going for a post Xmas afternoon Interesting though Slowly the pieces of the universe are falling in to place with a significant number whizzing right overhead

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