ISBN: 9781615192052
Published: April 15, 2014
Price: $14.95 US / $22.95 CAN
Paperback: 256 pages
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Surprising Insights Everywhere from Zero to Oblivion

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.

★ A Top 50 Best Science Book of All Time, and one of Brain Pickings Best Science Books of 2014

“A terrific collection of essays and articles exploring everything from vacuum to the birth and death of the universe to how the concept of zero gained wide acceptance in the 17th century after being shunned as a dangerous innovation for 400 years . . . . Each of the essays in Nothing is nothing short of fascinating.”—Brain Pickings

“The collection on a whole takes a fun and accessible tone with easily digestable insights and discoveries . . . the reading is breezy, proving it doesn’t take a scientist to know about nothing.”—Publishers Weekly

Books by New Scientist

Established in 1956, New Scientist is the fastest-growing and bestselling science magazine in the world, reaching over three million readers in print and digital. Its series of accessible popular science books, which debuted in 1994, has sold well over two million copies worldwide.

Jeremy Webb is editor-in-chief of New Scientist, where he has worked for over twenty-three years.