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01:01am 01/08/2004
 
 
Benjamin
So tell me, what, exactly IS this thing called "space"? Where all these galaxies and electrons and Starbucks live? What is it? It's not the universe I'm wondering about, but this stuff called "space" that it's in... What is space? Matter/energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can merely 'blah blah blah'... but is the same thing true for space? is space a "thing", even? Seriously, I just realized that I don't know, and have never heard the matter discussed, so if you've got a clue what I'm asking, or better yet, an answer not to be found in any third-grade science book, tell me. (smugness will likely be met with violence and/or bodily fluids)
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 sir_alf
 
09:09am 01/08/2004 (UTC)
 
 
Stephen
To be honest, I don't know if there is a textbook definition and if there is what it might be. I can hazard a guess that when people speak of 'space' in general, they are not speaking of a thing, but the absence of a thing, namely the mostly hard vacume that surrounds heavenly bodies. In the 1800's, he predominant scientific thought was that there was something there, called ether, and that we'd have to find a way to sail on it. As that turned out not to be the case, it makes sense they'd just call it 'space', because that's all it is.

As it is a name for a certain packet of nothing, argueably it can't be destroyed, as it exists only as an idea. Now if you are speaking of the quality of space as in 'Time and..." I'd say that also only exists as a concept, but there we are talking about a quality of existing things, not so much the 'limitless void'.

Hope this helps. Peace.
 
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 dawnst3ar
 
06:47am 04/08/2004 (UTC)
 
 
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My definition would be the distance between pieces of matter (or anti-matter). I think that would cover it. Its more of an idea that a real thing, however, and is really waaaay too small for me to see, so I'll have to take the scientists word for it.

 
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