It is a concept shot through with paradoxes: even innocent-looking phrases like "Nothing is real" flip their meanings as we ponder them, like those illusions that look like a vase one moment, and opposing faces the next. Nothing is fertile, too, as Barrow shows via a stunning trick that allows every number one can think of to be built out of nothing at all.
But his book is about far more than mind games. Arguably, the most important discovery of 20th-century physics is that there is no such thing as nothing: even the tightest vacuum is teeming with subatomic particles popping in and out of existence, according to the dictates of quantum theory. Now, many astronomers suspect that such "vacuum effects" may have triggered the Big Bang itself, filling our universe with matter. Indeed, the very latest observations suggest that vacuum effects will dictate the ultimate fate of the universe.
As an internationally respected cosmologist, Barrow does a fine job of explaining these new discoveries. The result is a book that is required reading for anyone who wants to understand why there will be much ado about Nothing among scientists in the years ahead. --Robert Matthews, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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just wanted more of course, like anyone would about where and how we are here. easy read, just to add to the brain.Published 12 months ago by Chelsea.P
Nicely written and informative...explained the concepts well and made it interesting. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in science and mathematics.Published 18 months ago by Bryan S. Pollard
Excellent item! This is really an amazing item that anybody could buy for their very own personal time and pleasure.Published on December 12, 2012 by Kevin Freeman
Many of the reviews already posted go into great detail about what this book is about - I 'm not going to do that here. The gimmick, of course, is that it is about "nothing. Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by Ian Gann
It is surprising how much can be said about `nothing'. There really is a lot to say. This ranges from the mathematics of `nothing' and infinity to the origins of the universe, the... Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by Mr P R Morgan
I really enjoyed this book. Barrow has also covered the historical record of how the concept of zero originated. Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Roger P.
This book comes close to literary schizzophrenia if i ever encountered it in written form.
Keeping in mind that the author aspires to explain "complicated" issues... Read more
I was excited to read this book. I find the concepts of zero and the vacuum very interesting and those are the very concepts that are the focus of this book. Read morePublished on March 24, 2003 by Timothy Haugh
I really enjoyed the first part of this book. There I found the coverage of Nothing-related topics to be interesting, well-written, and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished on December 23, 2002