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Pleasing most of the people, some of the time
on 31 January 2017
This is a book that includes many separate and very different articles on aspects of zero/nothing, aiming to please most of the people some of the time. Some of the articles are difficult and dare I say tedious for the non-scientifically minded (e.g. the very long one - or did it only seem that way? - on the proof of vacuums), while others will get the imagination going and appeal far more. And doubtless for the scientifically-minded, some of them are just too populist for words.
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.