Nothing – New Scientist – Book Review

Review of: Nothing
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New Scientist
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$8.23 or £5.59

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4
On February 3, 2014
Last modified:February 4, 2014

Summary:

I think the book is fairly well written, and I'd recommend it to most who are interested in broadening their understanding or even if they already know these types of ideas like myself, it still has a lot of interesting things to say.

nothing

Nothing is a book about the idea of nothingness and that it isn’t necessarily nothing as it were, but something. Confused? You won’t be after reading the book. The idea of nothingness in this book, was something I’d already thought of and accepted before reading it, so maybe that helped in accepting what the book has to say, though I didn’t essentially learn much from this book, I can see how many readers could read it and come away with a better understanding of reality.

The book switches between different avenues of explaining nothing, from before the big bang, to medicine and reality itself. I think I would have preferred the book if the sections didn’t switch around so much, the order seems a bit strange sometimes, when it goes from lofty theories on the nature of reality, to the study of how real the placebo effect really is.But it’s written this way because it’s not one author but a collection of different author’s opinions on their respective subjects of what “nothing” is.

In a way the book goes through quite a lot of topics when considering it’s supposed to be about nothing, but that is the point of the book, it’s an attempt at transforming ideas about reality that are hard to grasp when our language isn’t really good at explaining these things, especially the word nothing.

I think the book is fairly well written, and I’d recommend it to most who are interested in broadening their understanding or even if they already know these types of ideas like myself, it still has a lot of interesting things to say.

I think the book is fairly well written, and I'd recommend it to most who are interested in broadening their understanding or even if they already know these types of ideas like myself, it still has a lot of interesting things to say.

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