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Single Idea 17543

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 1. Space / d. Substantival space]

Full Idea

From our modern point of view we would say that the empty space between the atoms was not nothing; it was the carrier of geometry and kinematics.

Gist of Idea

So-called 'empty' space is the carrier of geometry and kinematics


Werner Heisenberg (Physics and Philosophy [1958], 04)

Book Reference

Heisenberg,Werner: 'Physics and Philosophy' [Penguin 1989], p.54

A Reaction

I'm not sure what the 'carrier of geometry and kinematics' means, but it is interesting that he doesn't mention 'fields' (unless they carry the kinematics?)