Sean M. Carroll pergunta: por que existe algo em vez de nada?

domingo, fevereiro 11, 2018

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing?

Sean M. Carroll

(Submitted on 6 Feb 2018)

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716)


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. I argue that any attempt to account for the existence of something rather than nothing must ultimately bottom out in a set of brute facts; the universe simply is, without ultimate cause or explanation.

Comments: Invited contribution to the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Physics, eds. E. Knox and A. Wilson

Subjects: History and Philosophy of Physics (physics.hist-ph); General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology (gr-qc)

Report number: CALT 2018-004

Cite as: arXiv:1802.02231 [physics.hist-ph]
(or arXiv:1802.02231v1 [physics.hist-ph] for this version)

Submission history From: Sean Carroll [view email]
[v1] Tue, 6 Feb 2018 21:42:22 GMT (22kb)