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The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered Over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything

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Publisher Comments:

An adventure into the heart of Nothing by bestselling author K. C. Cole.

Once again, acclaimed science writer K. C. Cole brings the arcane and acad-

emic down to the level of armchair scientists in The Hole in the Universe,

an entertaining and edifying search for nothing at all. Open the newspaper

on any given day and you will read of a newly discovered planet, star, and

so on. Yet scientists and mathematicians have spent generations searching

the far reaches of the universe for that one elusive state-nothingness.

Although this may sound like a simple task, every time the absolute void

appears within reach, something new is discovered in its place: a black hole,

an undulating string, an additional dimension of space or time-even another universe. A fascinating and literary tour de force, The Hole in the Universe is a virtual romp into the unknown that you never knew wasn't there.

Review:

"On page 91 of this book K. C. Cole advises the reader, somewhat plaintively, "Don't try to grasp all of this at once." The injunction, and its reiteration elsewhere ("I urge the reader not to worry if this doesn't make complete sense"), might strike some as authorial dereliction. But any writer who has ever grappled with Cole's subject will know better, and will spot such warnings as badges of integrity. Cole has set out to describe for lay readers a world that scrambles the comprehension even of its most adept theoreticians: the world of modern physics. Cole, a veteran science reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of The Universe and the Teacup, a praised paean to mathematics, has here chosen for her conceit an intellectual history of nothing. This ranges widely, before she is done, from the blood contest over the quantity zero,..." Russ Rymer, Atlantic Monthly (read Atlantic Monthly's entire review)

Synopsis:

The more we know about Nothing, the more enticing and bizarre the universe becomes, especially in the hands of bestselling author K.C. Cole. Welcome to the world of cutting-edge math, physics, and neuroscience, where the search for the ultimate vacuum has rendered the universe deep, rich, and juicy.

Synopsis:

Welcome to the world of cutting-edge math, physics, and neuroscience, where the search for the ultimate vacuum, the point of nothingness, ground zero of theory, has rendered the universe deep, rich, and juicy. "Modern physics has animated the void," says K. C. Cole in her entrancing journey into the heart of Nothing. Every time scientists and mathematicians think they have reached the ultimate void, new stuff appears: a black hole, an undulating string, an additional dimension of space or time, repulsive anti-gravity, universes that breed like bunnies. Cole's exploration at the edge of everything is as animated and exciting as the void itself. Take Cole's hand on this adventure into the unknown, and you'll come back informed, amused, and excited.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-266) and index.

About the Author

A popular science columnist for the Los Angeles Times and teacher at UCLA, K.C. Cole is a recipient of the 1995 American Institute of Physics Award for Best Science Writing. She is also the author of the internationally bestselling The Universe and the Teacup, First You Build a Cloud, and The Hole in the Universe. Cole lives in Santa Monica, California.

Table of Contents

  1. Why not? A prelude
  2. Nothing happened
  3. Good for nothing
  4. Nothing takes center stage
  5. Nothing becomes center stage
  6. Nothing gets strung out
  7. Nothing becomes everything
  8. Nothing in the news
  9. Nothing on your mind
  10. In search of nothing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780151003983
Subtitle:
How Scientists Peered over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything
Author:
Cole, K. C.
Author:
Cole, K. C.
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Cosmology
Subject:
Nothing
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
General Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
6648
Publication Date:
20010125
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 b/w pieces of line art
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 240 pages Harcourt - English 9780151003983 Reviews:
"Review" by , "On page 91 of this book K. C. Cole advises the reader, somewhat plaintively, "Don't try to grasp all of this at once." The injunction, and its reiteration elsewhere ("I urge the reader not to worry if this doesn't make complete sense"), might strike some as authorial dereliction. But any writer who has ever grappled with Cole's subject will know better, and will spot such warnings as badges of integrity. Cole has set out to describe for lay readers a world that scrambles the comprehension even of its most adept theoreticians: the world of modern physics. Cole, a veteran science reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the author of The Universe and the Teacup, a praised paean to mathematics, has here chosen for her conceit an intellectual history of nothing. This ranges widely, before she is done, from the blood contest over the quantity zero,..." (read Atlantic Monthly's entire review)
"Synopsis" by , The more we know about Nothing, the more enticing and bizarre the universe becomes, especially in the hands of bestselling author K.C. Cole. Welcome to the world of cutting-edge math, physics, and neuroscience, where the search for the ultimate vacuum has rendered the universe deep, rich, and juicy.
"Synopsis" by ,
Welcome to the world of cutting-edge math, physics, and neuroscience, where the search for the ultimate vacuum, the point of nothingness, ground zero of theory, has rendered the universe deep, rich, and juicy. "Modern physics has animated the void," says K. C. Cole in her entrancing journey into the heart of Nothing. Every time scientists and mathematicians think they have reached the ultimate void, new stuff appears: a black hole, an undulating string, an additional dimension of space or time, repulsive anti-gravity, universes that breed like bunnies. Cole's exploration at the edge of everything is as animated and exciting as the void itself. Take Cole's hand on this adventure into the unknown, and you'll come back informed, amused, and excited.

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