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  • Published: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407072685
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400
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The Book Of Nothing




'Barrow explains nothing with great clarity, a lovely lightness of touch and enormous erudition' Spectator

From the zeros of the mathematician to the void of the philosophers, from Shakespeare tot he 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.

  • Pub date: 15 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407072685
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the Author

John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and formerly Professor of both Geometry and Astronomy at Gresham College, London. His previous books include The Book of Nothing, The Constants of Nature, The Infinite Book, Cosmic Imagery, the bestselling 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know, The Book of Universes, and, most recently, 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport.

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Praise for The Book Of Nothing

“The startling story of the West's intellectual struggle with the concept of zero is told with admirable elegance and clarity”

New Statesman


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