Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness (New Scientist) Paperback – 7 Nov 2013
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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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The topics mainly covered are mathematics, physics (especially astrophysics) and medicine. I was hoping for something about nothingness in philosophy, but as this is a New Scientist publication, perhaps that was not a realistic hope.
I did enjoy it but I found myself skimming some articles, and I think most people would do the same, although the articles skimmed would vary. In my opinion it's best to read one article at a time followed by a break, because they don't lead on from each other in any logical way.
This collection of essay extracts and commentaries from New Scientist is a layman’s introduction to what goes on in the universe and in the psyche. The fact that these two aspects of life are alternated throughout the book gives it balance and enhances readabilty. There is little that is new here, but the arrangement is satisfying, allowing one a break, as it were, from hard science and mathematics to bodies. As a non-scientist I found the book a relatively easy read, a book to dip into rather than a work of learned research. I now know the age of the universe (13.82 billion years) and the earth (4.55 billion) so I know that nothing much counts in the grand scheme. Microscience and quantum physics are fascinating, but to me almost unintelligible and the words ‘big’ and ‘small’ are valid only relatively.
George F. Hart, Professor emeritus, LSU.
Anyway it's an interesting book - but I was mislead by the title and felt a little disappointed with the content
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