Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Physics of Nothing

This is a news article of one of the sessions that went on during this year's World Science Festival, currently running in NY City. It is essentially a dialog and Q&A involving Frank Wilczek, John Barrow, Paul Davies, and George Ellis. All they talked about was "nothing"!

“Nothing is unstable,” Frank Wilczek, a physicist and Nobel laureate from MIT, finally said to a general murmur of agreement of his colleagues on stage, John Barrow of Cambridge University in England, Paul Davies of Arizona State and George Ellis of the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

Given a chance, nature will make nothingness boil with activity.

Unfortunately, this is also a favorite topic of crackpots. I'm sure this news article will be used, somehow, to bastardize the physics of vacuum state.


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