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  1. #1 What is "nothing"? 
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    Hello Friends:

    Lately some physicists have been claiming that the universe came from "nothing." Stephen Hawking, for instance, has recently written: "Because there is a law like gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing..." (1) Unfortunately, Hawking does not define what nothing is.

    I'm assuming that it may make no sense to say what nothing is because nothing isn't a thing--it is a lack of thing(s). It is like asking what is north of the north pole or what happened before the beginning of time.

    Another way to examine the meaning of nothing is that if we consider the things in the universe: matter, energy, space, and time, then nothing is an absence of matter, energy, space, and time.

    Anyway, as you can see I'm struggling with nothing. Is there a scientific approach to this concept?

    Jagella

    (1) Hawking, Stephen; The Grand Design; p 180


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