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The 'nothingness' of the vacuum.

  1. Apr 4, 2012 #1
    How is this for a perhaps unconventional, but I think accurate, description of the 'empty' vacuum:

    Without the vacuum we would be nothing....it contributes to everything around us, our very existence:

    The 'empty' vacuum has:

    ....spacetime, from which curvature arises and gives us gravity essential for the formation of galaxies, stars and planets.

    ...The Higgs field, from which all mass is believed to arise,

    ...negative gravity; that is negative pressure, also called the cosmological constant, which is responsble for our expanding universe. Otherwise the universe would be unstable and collapse upon itself to 'nothing'.

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  3. Apr 16, 2012 #2
    You may find this paper gives you additional ideas on the subject, it compares different types of "nothing" and investigates the probabilities of quantum tunnelling between them:

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