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What is nothing? Physicists debate

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It was all much ado about nothing as physicists and thinkers came together to debate the concept of nothing Wednesday (March 20) here at the American Museum of Natural History. The simple idea of nothing, a concept that even toddlers can understand, proved surprisingly difficult for the scientists to pin down, with some of them questioning whether such a thing as nothing exists at all. The first, most basic idea of nothing - empty space with nothing in it - was quickly agreed not to be nothing. In our universe, even a dark, empty void of space, absent of all particles, is still something. 'It has a topology, it has a shape, it's a physical object,' philosopher Jim Holt said during the museum's annual Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate, which this year was focused on the topic of 'The Existence of Nothing.''If laws of physics still apply, the laws of physics are not nothing.'

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[[VID126]][[VID127]]... by Kyle McDermott on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 4:48:33 PM
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