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Nothing : surprising insights everywhere from zero to oblivion

Author: Jeremy Webb
Publisher: New York : The Experiment, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2014002254
(OCoLC)869552454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Webb
ISBN: 9781615192069 1615192069
OCLC Number: 873840513
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2013 by Profile Books Ltd"--Title page verso.
Description: 1 online resource.
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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