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Matter/energy in 'empty' space

  1. Oct 14, 2006 #1
    I read somewhere the dictum that 'nothing can be done without at least a material base' ; the way the term matter was employed in this text implied that vacuum, 'empty' space, was to be viewed as matter-less.

    This would mean that in empty space, nothing at all can be done. This leads to an important question:

    Can empty space be made into matter/energy? And vice versa?

    In other words, can something occur like :

    A + vacuum -> B + C , where the matter/energy of B and C does not equate with that of A.

    The vice versa is even more important: is there a way in which matter/energy 'deteriorates' and becomes something like empty space? Thanks.
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  3. Oct 14, 2006 #2
    thats a weird statement that ive never heard and certainly you dont get something for nothing as per laws of dynamics, but on a tangent there is something called zero point energy. This is basically the idea that even a vacuum has a sort of ground state energy, and if you beleive stargate science you can use it via a little yellow thing :)
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