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Single Idea 21112

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 1. Space / b. Space]

Full Idea

Empty space is complicated. It is a boiling brew of virtual particles that pop in and out of existence in a time so short we cannot see them directly.

Gist of Idea

Empty space contains a continual flux of brief virtual particles

Source

Lawrence M. Krauss (A Universe from Nothing [2012], 10)

A Reaction

Apparently the interior of a proton is also like this. This fact gives a foot in the door for explanations of how the Big Bang got started, from these virtual particles. And yet surely space itself only arrives with the Big Bang?

Book Reference

Krauss,Lawrence M.: 'A Universe from Nothing' [Simon and Schuster 2012], p.153

Related Idea

Idea 21106 Most of the mass of a proton is the energy in virtual particles (rather than the quarks) [Krauss]