Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness (New Scientist)

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9781846685187: Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness (New Scientist)

Zero, zip, nada, zilch. It's all too easy to ignore the fascinating possibilities of emptiness and non-existence, and we may well wonder what there is to say about nothing. But scientists have known for centuries that nothing is the key to understanding absolutely everything, from why particles have mass to the expansion of the universe - so without nothing we'd be precisely nowhere. Absolute zero (the coldest cold that can exist) and the astonishing power of placebos, light bulbs, superconductors, vacuums, dark energy, 'bed rest' and the birth of time - all are different aspects of the concept of nothing. The closer we look, the bigger the subject gets. Why do some animals spend all day doing nothing? what happens in our brains when we try to think about nothing? with chapters by 20 science writers, including top names such as ian stewart, marcus chown, helen pilcher, nigel henbest, michael brooks, linda geddes, paul davies, jo marchant and david fisher, this fascinating and intriguing book revels in a subject that has tantalised the finest minds for centuries, and shows there's more to nothing than meets the eye.

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Since the first magazine was published in 1956, New Scientist has established a world-beating reputation for exploring and uncovering the latest developments and discoveries in science and technology, placing them in context and exploring what they mean for the future. Each week through a variety of different channels, including print, online, social media and more, New Scientist reaches over four million highly engaged readers - over a million readers for the print magazine alone.

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A GeekWrapped.com Top 50 Best Science Book of All Time, and one of Brain Pickings Best Science Books of 2014

“A terrific collection of essays and articles exploring everything from vacuum to the birth and death of the universe to how the concept of zero gained wide acceptance in the 17th century after being shunned as a dangerous innovation for 400 years . . . . Each of the essays in Nothing is nothing short of fascinating.”— Brain Pickings

“The collection on a whole takes a fun and accessible tone with easily digestable insights and discoveries . . . the reading is breezy, proving it doesn’t take a scientist to know about nothing.”— Publishers Weekly

"The collection on a whole takes a fun and accessible tone with easily digestable insights and discoveries . . . the reading is breezy, proving it doesn't take a scientist to know about nothing."
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