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The Universe

Friday, March 27, 2009

In his book You Are Here, Christopher Potter provides a portable and accessible biography of the Universe--from its formation to its eventual end and the quarks and galaxies that exist in between.

Guests:

Christopher Potter

Comments [5]

Diana Manister from Staten Island NY

Christopher Potter was one of the best guests ever. Just wonderful. I'm buying his book.

With regard to "nothing" and the expansion of the universe, into what does the universe expand if is no "there" there?

Doesn't the universe create more space into which it expands? From what does it create this space if not from nothing?

Mar. 27 2009 03:15 PM
mgduke from hell's kitchen

sounds like a fine book. is the author going to be reading or speaking on it around town?

didn't heidegger speak of the poet and philosopher opening the world for the scientist who follows long after? also of the two traditions as being closest together on mountaintops farthest apart?

Mar. 27 2009 02:50 PM
josh from brooklyn

terrific guest, much obliged

Mar. 27 2009 12:46 PM
mark dixon from brooklyn, ny

Your guest metioned how the Greek cosmogonies posited an original “nothing” as “chaos,” a word that has a spatial sense (void), and how our idea of nothing (“no-things”) preserves but conceals the presumption of space. But nowadays don’t scientist think that space is also created together with matter and light and so on, at the Big Bang? And so our conception of nothing should not be a void but… what? Is it even possible or useful to speak of nothing?

Mar. 27 2009 12:35 PM
JEFFREY from Manhattan

For the all encompassing name for all possible universes, how about UBERVERSE?

Mar. 27 2009 12:26 PM

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