The Book of Nothing

The Book of Nothing

Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas About the Origins of the Universe

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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.






Baker & Taylor
A leading mathematician and cosmologist explores the concept of nothingness, from the origins of zero in ancient India, through changing ideas about nothing from ancient Greece to the present day, to attempts by modern mathematics, cosmology, theology, and physics to explain the role of "nothing" in the structure of the universe. 35,000 first printing.

Book News
Having written extensively on the cosmology of what is, Barrow (mathematics, Cambridge U.) here takes on nothing. Among its manifestations he explores are the zeros of mathematicians, the void of philosophers, Shakespeare, the null set, the ether, and quantum vacuum. He demonstrates that nothing is real. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Baker
& Taylor

Explores the concept of nothingness, from the origins of zero in ancient India to attempts by modern mathematics, cosmology, theology, and physics to explain the role of "nothing" in the structure of the universe.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books 2000
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780375420993
0375420991
Branch Call Number: 111.5 BAR
Characteristics: xv, 361 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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