Can a physicist say why there is something rather than nothing?

It seems natural to ask why the universe exists at all. Modern physics suggests that the universe can exist all by itself as a self-contained system, without anything external to create or sustain it. But there might not be an absolute answer to why it exists.

Why is there something instead of nothing?

Leibniz thought that the fact that there is something and not nothing requires an explanation. The explanation he gave was that God wanted to create a universe – the best one possible – which makes God the simple reason that there is something rather than nothing.

Who first said why is there something rather than nothing?

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz wrote: Why is there something rather than nothing? The sufficient reason […] is found in a substance which […] is a necessary being bearing the reason for its existence within itself.

Can something be created from nothing?

Something can be created from nothing

But such a perfect vacuum may not exist. One of the foundations of quantum theory is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. It begins to be of profound importance to our understanding of nature at the atomic scale and below.

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What do physicists mean by nothing?

empty space

In an interview with The Conversation, Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, explains that when physicists talk about nothing, they mean empty space (vacuum).

Is there such thing as nothingness?

There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something.

What is nothingness philosophy?

“Nothingness” is a philosophical term for the general state of nonexistence, sometimes reified as a domain or dimension into which things pass when they cease to exist or out of which they may come to exist, e.g., in some cultures God is understood to have created the universe ex nihilo, “out of nothing”.

Why is there something instead of nothing Heidegger?

German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s angst-ridden non-answer to what he called “the fundamental question” was that a fear of nothing was the defining feature of the human condition. We certainly seem scared that nothing is some kind of universal default.

Why does this world exist?

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story is a nonfiction work authored by Jim Holt. He and the book were on the LA Times bestseller list during the last quarter of 2012, and the first quarter of 2013.
Why Does the World Exist?

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Author Jim Holt
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Do human beings have free will?

According to John Martin Fischer, human agents do not have free will, but they are still morally responsible for their choices and actions. In a nutshell, Fischer thinks that the kind of control needed for moral responsibility is weaker than the kind of control needed for free will.

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Is nothingness white or black?

Black. If there was nothing, there would be no light, and nothing to emit light, so you would see no light.

What color is nothingness?

The absence of things, nothing, has no color because it’s not something you can see and color is only seen.

What is the nothingness in space?

With no particles or antiparticles, no matter or radiation, no identifiable quanta of any type in your Universe, all you’d have left is the void of empty space itself. To some, that’s the true scientific definition of “nothingness.”

What is true nothingness?

What does this mean? Well, it means at least no objects (this table, etc.), no properties (it’s being made of wood, etc.), as well as no facts (the fact that it’s a table made of wood, etc). None of that sort of stuff. It also means nothing coming into existence, nothing existing, and nothing going out of existence.

Can time be defined?

Scientific Definition

Physicists define time as the progression of events from the past to the present into the future. Basically, if a system is unchanging, it is timeless. Time can be considered to be the fourth dimension of reality, used to describe events in three-dimensional space.

Who said empty space does not exist?

Aristotle said that empty space cannot exist and that matter is made of Earth, fire, air and water. You just studied 16 terms!

What is emptiness physics?

According to the theory of emptiness, any belief in an objective reality grounded in the assumption of intrinsic, independent existence is untenable. All things and events, whether material, mental or even abstract concepts like time, are devoid of objective, independent existence.

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Is there matter in empty space?

Space is not empty. A point in outer space is filled with gas, dust, a wind of charged particles from the stars, light from stars, cosmic rays, radiation left over from the Big Bang, gravity, electric and magnetic fields, and neutrinos from nuclear reactions.