The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe
What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? You’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the English cosmologist John D. Barrow.
Ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The Book of Nothing explores the enduring hold that vacuity has exercised on the human imagination. Combining high-wire speculation with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare alongside Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result is a fascinating excursion to the vanishing point of our knowledge.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the UniverseUser Review - Matthew Heil - Goodreads
Interesting book. Good writing. The author has a workable grasp of ancient history which allows him to set a broader and more informative basis for his topic than is usually done by most scientists ... Read full review
Review: The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the UniverseUser Review - Leif Schenstead-Harris - Goodreads
There's a richness here, if you can sift through the sometimes credulous etymological work and the later, more dense scientific explorations (those would be the "latest ideas" hinted at by the ... Read full review
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