Words like "nothingness" and "empty space" may seem like simple concepts, referring to the complete absence of content. But in practice, these concepts have been topics of ongoing debate with important implications for our understanding of the universe.
This panel discussion and Q&A, including several leading Pitt experts and our distinguished visitor, James Owen Weatherall, (author of the popular book Void: The Strange Physics of Nothing), will reveal in accessible terms some of the complications and interesting ideas that arise when we try to get a grip on...nothing. What is (or is not) really out there? What are its properties? What shape does it take? Join us to find out a lot about nothing!
This program is presented in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Philosophy of Science.