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The Book Of Nothing

Author : John D. Barrow
ISBN : 9780307554819
Genre : Science
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What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? You’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the English cosmologist John D. Barrow. Ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The Book of Nothing explores the enduring hold that vacuity has exercised on the human imagination. Combining high-wire speculation with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare alongside Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result is a fascinating excursion to the vanishing point of our knowledge. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Science

The Book Of Nothing

Author : John D. Barrow
ISBN : 9781407072685
Genre : Mathematics
File Size : 80.67 MB
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From the zeros of the mathematician to the void of the philosophers, from Shakespeare to the empty set, from the ether to the quantum vacuum, from being and nothingness to creatio ex nihilo, there is much ado about nothing at the heart of things. Recent exciting discoveries in astronomy are shown to shed new light on the nature of the vacuum and its dramatic effect upon the explanation of the Universe. This remarkable book ranges over every nook and cranny of nothingness to reveal how the human mind has had to make something of nothing in every field of human enquiry.
Category: Mathematics

The Book Of Nothing

Author : John D. Barrow
ISBN : 9780099288459
Genre : Nothing (Philosophy).
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One of our foremost mathematicians and cosmologists – John Barrow has a proven ability to make complex ideas easily accessible to the reader. Beginning with ancient civilizations, he explores how the zero came into being, its rocky reception in Europe, and the early avoidance and eventual acceptance of the void by Christianity. Investigating the concept of nothing through the work of writers from the ancient Greeks to the present, he examines mathematics, cosmology, theology and physics to reveal the nothing that is at the heart of most things. Finally, Barrow spotlights recent exciting discoveries in astronomy about the nature of the vacuum which are dramatically affecting scientific explanations of the universe.
Category: Nothing (Philosophy).

The Book Of Nothing

Author : HJ Alden
ISBN : 9781329741317
Genre : Fiction
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Set 250 years in the future, this is the story of John, who has no last name. The book follows him as he embraces homelessness in pursuit of knowledge, chronicling his adventures and his many meetings with fascinating people on his way to a dreadful encounter with the potential to set him free.
Category: Fiction

The Book Of Nothing

Author : Sengcan
ISBN : 0740727257
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
File Size : 89.61 MB
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"The Book of Nothing, " or "Hsin Hsin Ming, " was written in the sixth century by Sosan, the third Zen patriarch. Long cherished by seekers on the path as a study in spiritual perfection, it is presented here in a new translation that is both beautifully illustrated and highly readable.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

A Universe From Nothing

Author : Lawrence M. Krauss
ISBN : 9781451624472
Genre : Science
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Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end. Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.
Category: Science

The Gift Of Nothing

Author : Patrick McDonnell
ISBN : 9780316186841
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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What can Mooch the cat give Earl the dog when Earl has everything? The answer, of course, is nothing. This simple picture book story features characters from McDonnell's popular comic strip, "Mutts." Illustrations.
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The Little Book Of Nothing

Author : N. Whan
ISBN : 1507749864
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There is nothing contained within this book. Seriously... Nothing. So it is the perfect gift for the person that has everything. You can literally give them nothing! The perfect present for those in your life who are always discussing, reading and doing NOTHING. What do you want for Christmas? NOTHING. What do you want for your birthday? NOTHING. Can they tell you more explicitly? This is the present that they want.... Just get it, I mean who are you to question their wishes? Otherwise this book is completely pointless. When we say that there is nothing inside, we are telling the truth. I mean apart from the Welcome page, acknowledgments and the about the author section... Apart from those then there is Nothing. Exactly as we promised. Buy it if you want nothing, but if you want something more substantial you should probably look elsewhere.

The Value Of Nothing

Author : Raj Patel
ISBN : 1429982624
Genre : Political Science
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"A deeply though-provoking book about the dramatic changes we must make to save the planet from financial madness."--Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine Opening with Oscar Wilde's observation that "nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing," Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. He reveals the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger (as much as $200), and asks how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues, are a result of our democratically bankrupt political system. If part one asks how we can rebalance society and limit markets, part two answers by showing how social organizations, in America and around the globe, are finding new ways to describe the world's worth. If we don't want the market to price every aspect of our lives, we need to learn how such organizations have discovered democratic ways in which people, and not simply governments, can play a crucial role in deciding how we might share our world and its resources in common. This short, timely and inspiring book reveals that our current crisis is not simply the result of too much of the wrong kind of economics. While we need to rethink our economic model, Patel argues that the larger failure beneath the food, climate and economic crises is a political one. If economics is about choices, Patel writes, it isn't often said who gets to make them. The Value of Nothing offers a fresh and accessible way to think about economics and the choices we will all need to make in order to create a sustainable economy and society.
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The Book About Nothing

Author : Mike Bender
ISBN : 9780399551116
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Fans of The Book with No Pictures and A Perfectly Messed-Up Story will enjoy this innovative and wildly funny read-aloud from the adult humor bestselling authors of Awkward Family Photos and T-Rex Trying. This book has nothing to do with rainbows, rocket ships, meatballs, or wizards. Instead, it’s full of zip, zilch, diddly-squat, bupkus. But don’t worry, reading this book isn’t all for nothing, because sometimes nothing is actually something. Like if you pick up all the toys in your room, what will be on the floor? NOTHING. When you take a bath, what are you wearing? NOTHING. And when you shut the lights off to go to bed, what do you see? NOTHING. Mike Bender and Hugh Murphy stop at nothing to explore the key concepts of nothing and zero using playful language and hilarious illustrations.
Category: Juvenile Fiction