Nothing by Frank Close audiobook

Nothing: A Very Short Introduction

By Frank Close
Read by Ray Chase

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    ISBN: 9781666113600

This short, smart book tells you everything you need to know about "nothing." 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. Listeners will find an enlightening history of the vacuum: how the efforts to make a better vacuum led to the discovery of the electron; 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.

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This short, smart book tells you everything you need to know about "nothing." 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. Listeners will find an enlightening history of the vacuum: how the efforts to make a better vacuum led to the discovery of the electron; 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.

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Author Bio: Frank Close

Author Bio: Frank Close

Frank Close is a professor of physics at Oxford University and a fellow of Exeter College. He was formerly vice president of the British Association for Advancement of Science and head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He is the author of several books, including Antimatter, Neutrino, The Void, and The New Cosmic Onion. He is also the recipient of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his “outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics.”

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Philosophy
Runtime: 4.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English