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Nothing: From absolute zero to cosmic oblivion - amazing insights into nothingness [Paperback]

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7 Nov 2013

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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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (7 Nov 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1846685184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846685187
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Scientist, the world's leading science & technology weekly magazine, was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences".

The brand's mission is no different today - New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour and issues that affect us all, explaining why a development is significant as well as putting social and cultural context around it.

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The next popular science bestseller from the Does Anything Eat Wasps? crew

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New Scientist is the bestselling and fastest-growing science magazine in the world. Jeremy Webb is its editor-in-chief. New Scientist's series of 9 previous titles with Profile, beginning with Does Anything Eat Wasps?, has now sold over 2 million copies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 8 Jan 2014
By S. Zam
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nice collection of articles from the magazine, makes interesting reading and can be read in short bursts as its not one long tome...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 6 Mar 2014
By Andy
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The articles on physics and cosmology were excellent and I would have liked more of the same. I was disappointed that about half of the book was given over to the index and credits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The varied subjects of these essays do to some extent stretch the concept of 'nothing' a little; but every one is interesting. I went through the whole book at a single (very much protracted) sitting. No wonder it reached the best seller lists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is very little indeed 23 May 2014
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I was quite disappointed by this issue from the New Scientist. I expect cutting edge from the magazine but instead got old news - most of which is available on w3, allbeit in slightly different form. Certainly , I learned some new things - and this made reading the book worth the time, however, as a whole, although each article was well enough presented, I would categorize it as a mediocre effort and put the blame on the editors not the individual authors.
Sorry guys!

George F. Hart, Professor emeritus, LSU.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Im a science nerd 7 Dec 2013
By Mel
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Great to pick up and put down, interesting if not querky. Essential reading for those who love science and understand it or for those who want something different to read whilst learning something
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2.0 out of 5 stars stirs some grey matter 8 Oct 2014
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If, like me, you occasionally buy New Scientist in an airport lounge with the intention of keeping your mind occupied during a potentially tedious flight then, then this could be for you as these articles originated in the magazine.

"Nothing" turns out to be anything but. The articles are in random order, but you can follow particular ideas using guide notes to related articles.

The articles were not of equal interest to me, though I found quite a few that stirred the grey matter. The writing is clear, as you would expect of New Scientist, but sometimes the authors try a little too hard to be chatty, or even sensationalist: the title blurb sets this tone. Illustrations, which I always value very much in New Scientist, are here very thin on the ground - and for me that's not a minor quibble. The articles take up just over half the book, the rest being notes and index, etcetera.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A set of well-explained essays on science topics loosely (and in some cases closely) connected to the concept of nothing, ranging from biology and medicine to maths and cosmology. You do not need to be an expert to understand them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 21 Dec 2013
By Tony
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Very fascinating read, you can learn a lot from this little book.
You need to know much more about nothing.
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