How many of you have read Inheritance?

I'm rather surprised by this passage from it:
(This is on the flight back to Urû'baen, when Valdr tells Eragon and Saphira about the starlings' dreams)
"From him, they received a vision of beams of light turning into waves of sand, as well as a disconcerting sense that everything that seemed solid was mostly empty space."

At first, I interpreted the second part as "Not everything is as hard as it looks".
But I couldn't make any sense of the first one.

Then, I remembered something from Rutherford's experiment. "Atoms are mostly empty space". I didn't like this connection (Why would Paolini mention that ?), but then, the allusion to subatomic physics made the first sentence crystal clear. It refers to wave-particle duality, i.e. the fact/theory that light is both a continuous wave and a bunch of particles

I know, it's unlikely that CP would mention such things, but he has mentioned lots of scientific stuff before (coral, etc.. can't remember it off the top of my head, need to reread the first three books).
Also, <spoiler alert (If you haven't read Inheritance yet)>
the explosion at Vroengard (By Thuviel), and at Urû'baen (By Galbatorix), are both probably nuclear (as the sickness that Glaedr mentions is very similar to leukemia). So maybe, after all, CP did refer to waveparticle duality/atomic theory.

Thoughts?


Oh, and isn't the ending just beautiful? Whenever I finish reading the last book of a series (whether it be for the first time or the ten-millionth), I always feel this sort of bittersweet depression; this feeling that it's 'over'.
For some reason, I didn't feel this when I finished Inheritance, I only felt some happy satisfaction (I DID have a feeling of foreboding when it was nearly over, though.). The only other series that does this is Lord of The Rings.

Maybe it's because both of the books carry on quite a bit after the main antagonist has been killed. CP has executed this winding-down beautifully, while Tolkien has made it sorta drag (Not too much, though, it's still very enjoyable).

Thank you, Christopher Paolini.
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