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Nothing : surprising insights everywhere from zero to oblivion

Author: Jeremy Webb
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the inner workings of our minds--all from nothing! It turns out that almost nothing is as curious--or as enlightening--as, well, nothing. What is nothingness? Where can it be found? The writers of the world's top-selling science magazine investigate--from the big bang, dark energy, and the void to superconductors, vestigial organs, hypnosis, and the placebo  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Webb
ISBN: 9781615192052 1615192050
OCLC Number: 869552454
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Profile Books Ltd"--Title page verso.
"A book from NewScientist."
Description: vi, 266 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Beginnings : The big bang / Marcus Chown ; Secret life of the brain / Douglas Fox ; From zero to hero / Richard Webb ; Heal thyself / Jo Marchant --
Mysteries : The day time began / Paul Davies ; Placebo power / Michael Brooks ; Wastes of space? / Laura Spinney ; Banishing consciousness / Linda Geddes --
Making sense of it all : Out of thin air / Per Eklund ; Busy doing nothing / Jonathan Knight ; The hole story / Richard Webb ; Into the void / Nigel Henbest ; Zero, zip, zilch / Ian Stewart --
Surprises : The turbulent life of empty space / Paul Davies ; When mind attacks body / Helen Pilcher ; Ride the celestial subway / Ian Stewart ; Vacuum packed / David Harris ; Nothing in common / Ian Stewart --
Voyages of discovery : Absolute zero / Michael de Podesta ; Boring-ology : a happy tedium / Valerie Jamieson ; Putting the idle to work / David E. Fisher ; Get up, get out of bed / Rick A. Lovett --
Conclusions : The workout pill / Andy Coghlan ; The world of superstuff / Michael Brooks ; Pathways to cosmic oblivion / Stephen Battersby.
Responsibility: edited by Jeremy Webb.

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Incredible discoveries from the fringes of the universe to the inner workings of our minds--all from nothing! It turns out that almost nothing is as curious--or as enlightening--as, well, nothing. What is nothingness? Where can it be found? The writers of the world's top-selling science magazine investigate--from the big bang, dark energy, and the void to superconductors, vestigial organs, hypnosis, and the placebo effect--and discover that understanding nothing may be the key to understanding everything: What came before the big bang, and will our universe end? How might cooling matter down almost to absolute zero help solve our energy crisis? How can someone suffer from a false diagnosis as though it were true? Does nothingness even exist? Recent experiments suggest that squeezing a perfect vacuum somehow creates light. Why is it unfair to accuse sloths--animals who do nothing--of being lazy? And more! Contributors Paul Davies, Jo Marchant, and Ian Stewart, along with two former editors of Nature and 16 other leading writers and scientists, marshal up-to-the-minute research to make one of the most perplexing realms in science dazzlingly clear. Prepare to be amazed at how much more there is to nothing than you ever realized.

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