The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe by John D. Barrow | 9780375420993 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe

The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe

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by John D. Barrow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375420991

ISBN-13: 9780375420993

Pub. Date: 04/17/2001

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

From one of our foremost mathematicians and cosmologists comes this fascinating exploration of the surprisingly substantial and varied nature of nothing.

With unassailable expertise and a proven ability to make complex theories and ideas clearly accessible, John Barrow examines and explains every aspect of nothingness. From the zeros of mathematicians to the

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From one of our foremost mathematicians and cosmologists comes this fascinating exploration of the surprisingly substantial and varied nature of nothing.

With unassailable expertise and a proven ability to make complex theories and ideas clearly accessible, John Barrow examines and explains every aspect of nothingness. From the zeros of mathematicians to the void of philosophers, from Shakespeare to the null set, from the ether to the quantum vacuum, this book illustrates the fact that nothing is real.

Barrow begins with the origins of zero in ancient India, its rocky reception in Europe, and the early abhorrence and eventual acceptance of the concept of the void by Christianity. He traces the notion through the work of writers and thinkers from the ancient Greeks to our own time. He looks at mathematics, cosmology, theology, and physics to uncover the nothing that is at the heart of most things. Finally, he discusses recent concepts of nothing, which are having profound effects on our search for the origins and overall structure of the universe.

lluminating the many ways in which humankind has come to understand “nothing,” The Book of Nothing brilliantly belies its title.




Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375420993
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/17/2001
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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