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Single Idea 20464

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / A. Physics / 1. Matter / k. Fields]

Full Idea

The world is not made up of fields and particles, but of a single type of entity: the quantum field. There are no longer particles which move in space with the passage of time, but quantum fields whose elementary events happen in spacetime.

Gist of Idea

The world consists of quantum fields, with elementary events happening in spacetime

Source

Carlo Rovelli (Reality is Not What it Seems [2014], 04)

A Reaction

If you are not a scientist, there is (I find) a strong tendency to read and digest stuff like this, and then forget it the next day, because it so far from our experience. Folk like me have to develop two parallel views of the nature of reality.

Book Reference

Rovelli,Carlo: 'Reality is Not What it Seems', ed/tr. Carnell/Segre [Penguin 2016], p.110