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The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe - John D. Barrow
The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe
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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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375726095 (0375726098)
ASIN: 375726098
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Hay muchas ideas interesantes en este libro sobre lo que significa el vacío y la nada. Particularmente me gustó la parte que analiza cómo conceptualizaban el creo en diversas culturas antiguas y que implicaciones tiene para su forma de pensar. Sin embargo, aunque el libro explica simple y claramente...
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