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stirs the grey matter
on 8 October 2014
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 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 thin on the ground here - 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.