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Autor: Helge S. Kragh
ISBN-13: 9783642550898
Einband: Taschenbuch
Seiten: 113
Gewicht: 210 g
Format: 235x155x7 mm
Sprache: Englisch

The Weight of the Vacuum

SpringerBriefs in Physics
A Scientific History of Dark Energy
Early ideas of space and vacuum.- The active ether.- Planck's second quantum theory.- Half-quanta and zero-point energy.- Nernst's cosmic quantum ether.- The Hamburg connection.- The cosmological constant.- From Casimir to Zel'dovich.- Inflation and the false vacuum.- Variable cosmological constants and quintessence.- How heavy is the vacuum?.- The accelerating universe.
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded for the discovery of cosmic acceleration due to dark energy, a discovery that is all the more perplexing as nobody knows what dark energy actually is. We put the modern concept of cosmological vacuum energy into historical context and show how it grew out of disparate roots in quantum mechanics (zero-point energy) and relativity theory (the cosmological constant, Einstein's "greatest blunder"). These two influences have remained strangely aloof and still co-exist in an uneasy alliance that is at the heart of the greatest crisis in theoretical physics, the cosmological-constant problem.
Autor: Helge S. Kragh
ISBN-13:: 9783642550898
ISBN: 3642550894
Verlag: Springer, Berlin, Springer
Gewicht: 210g
Seiten: 113
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage 2014
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 235x155x7 mm, 23 SW-Abb.