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Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

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“A terrific collection of essays and articles exploring everything from vacuum to the birth and death of the universe to how the concept of zero gained wide acceptance in the 17th century after being shunned as a dangerous innovation for 400 years . . . . Each of the essays in Nothing is nothing short of fascinating.”—Brain Pickings

“The collection on a whole takes a fun and accessible tone with easily digestable insights and discoveries . . . the reading is breezy, proving it doesn’t take a scientist to know about nothing.”—Publishers Weekly


"The collection on a whole takes a fun and accessible tone with easily digestable insights and discoveries . . . the reading is breezy, proving it doesn't take a scientist to know about nothing."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Established in 1956, New Scientist is the fastest-growing and bestselling science magazine in the world, reaching over 3 million readers through its print and digital channels. Its series of accessible popular science books, which debuted in 2005, has sold well over 2 million copies worldwide. Jeremy Webb, who has worked at New Scientist for over twenty-three years, is editor-in-chief.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: The Experiment (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615192050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615192052
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New Scientist, the world's leading science & technology weekly magazine, was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences".

The brand's mission is no different today - New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour and issues that affect us all, explaining why a development is significant as well as putting social and cultural context around it.

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The essays in Nothing: Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion, collected from New Scientist magazine, are, as the title would suggest, organized around the relatively diffuse concept of “nothing.” And thus you have essays on such diverse topics as the placebo effect (and the “nocebo” effect), anaesthesia, the birth (and death) of the universe, and others. Despite the organizing principle, the essays felt a bit too random to me, most interesting in their own right, but it didn’t really feel like a collection, which may or may not matter to readers. Beyond that, the amount of “insights”, or the degree to which they “surprise” you, will probably vary depending on how much one keeps up with science or science history. I can’t say there was a lot new here for me, though the essays are all clear and well written. The tone is light, quite breezy in fact in many of the essays. The light tone and the simple, clear explanations make each essay go down easily. Generally informative, fun, easy to follow; if you’re not well-versed in these topics, this is a good place to start.
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A quick and succinct overview of the value of nothing. Fairly easy to read and not too complicated. Complex notions are explained (mostly) in everyday language.
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There's a lot more here than nothing! This book is the scientific equivalent of a bag of liquorice allsorts, right down to the layers of different subjects within each chapter. Physics, maths and biology dominate the articles, so there's bound to be something that you know, something that you don't know, and something that you have no chance whatsoever of getting your head round. The final article, which looks at the various theories of future/end of the universe manages to be humbling and inspirational all at once - an excellent way to finish the book.

This is great reading for a scientist, science fan or knowledge junkie who wants to know more about the weird ways in which we, our world and our universe work.
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one of the best books I've read lately... it goes from one place to another in the search for *nothing* in our lives...
informative, and fun to read.
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Webb, Jeremy (ed). Nothing.

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.
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What a truly wonderful collection of stories.
No one who occasionally wonders about the universe and their place in it should miss this.
A very readable set of explanations about nothing ( and everything).
Science fact shows itself to be just as exciting and wonderous as science fiction.
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I am only half way through the book but it has been very inhoyable, Several of the studies they mention I have heard about but they they go a little more into them.
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