Everything 026 (space)

  • September 10, 2015


Particle dispersion

Here is how it is explained by Jim Holt in his book “Why Does the World Exist?”:

“…space is not nothing. Nor is the space of the quantum vacuum really empty.

It has a complicated mathematical structure; it bends and flexes like rubber; it is saturated with energy fields and seethes with virtual-particle activity.

The quantum vacuum is a physical object; indeed, it is a little proto-cosmos unto itself.”

In quantum mechanics, the vacuum contains electromagnetic waves and particles that pop into and out of existence.

In this tenuous world, a mechanical Universe looks pretty unlikely as a metaphor.