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Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness

Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness

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By (author) New Scientist

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  • Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 20mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 7 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1846685184
  • ISBN 13: 9781846685187
  • Illustrations note: illustrations (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 5,072

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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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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.