… a hundred years ago space was not nothing, it was full of aether. And two hundred years before that, it was full of Descarte’s vortices. And a hundred years before that it was full of the glory of God. And a couple hundred years before that, it was full of Democritus’ atoms (because Nature abhors a vacuum). I would venture a guess that it has been “something” far longer than it has been “nothing” just as atheism is, chronologically speaking, a mere flash in the pan of solid theism.