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Books about emptiness

  1. Oct 7, 2009 #1
    Are there any (popular level) books that talk about emptiness (as in the complete absence of anything)?
     
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  3. Oct 7, 2009 #2
    "The Philosophy of Vacuum"

    It's a book, just google it.
     
  4. Oct 7, 2009 #3
    But it certainly isn't popular level - you need to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory.

    There are quite a few books on 'nothing' or 'zero' (links are to my reviews of the book)

    The Book of nothing (John Barrow)
    The nothing that is (Robert Kaplan)
    Zero - the biography of a dangerous idea (Charles Seife)
     
  5. Oct 9, 2009 #4
    Brian Green discusses the philosphy/science of empty space in the book:

    The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality

    His handling of the newton's spinning bucket in an absolute/empty space would give you some insight into "empty" space.
     
  6. Oct 13, 2009 #5
    I had also been trying to find more information on an empty universe and was pointed towards Greene's book. While informative he never touched upon the actual speed of spacetime. He did a great job of explaining how movement in relation to objects or yourself relates to the perception of time. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any information on an equation for time where there is no movement slowing time down. My brother has this fascination with atomic clocks and how accurate they are. I had mentioned that the cesium atoms aren't actually giving a true time as it is moving at thousands of miles an hour on earth in a spinning galaxy which slows down each "tick". Upon this exclamation he asked what a cesium atom's "clock" would read if it wasn't traveling in relation to anything else. I can't find any book explaining time's actual "speed" though.
     
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