- Title: The Hole in the Universe
- Author: K.C. Cole
- ISBN: 9780156013178
- Page: 355
- Format: Paperback
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 soAn 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.
Recent Comments "The Hole in the Universe"
The book's theme is the paradox of the concept of nothing in cosmological terms. The paradox is illustrated best by the singularity of a big bang event or black hole, which is (if measured mathematically) nothing yet is everything as it contains all that is and all that will be. This is, the author says, the "duality of nothing." Nothing does not exist. The vastness of space is filled with energy, albeit in its lowest possible state. From here the author goes on to explain why the physical world [...]
I found the short sections and attempts at wit fairly distracting. This was mainly a problem in areas with familiar topics, where I just wanted to move along at a good clip but found the writing too choppy. In sections where I wasn't as familiar with the details and was reading a bit more slowly it didn't bother me as much, but her style just wasn't satisfying for me.
I'm an undergraduate physics major right now, and I found this book to be more of a thesaurus on the word "nothing" than a really interesting book. It had its moments, but I learned very little.
Cole, K.C. The Hole in the Universe: How Scientists Peered over the Edge of Emptiness and Found Everything (2001)Nothing exposed for what it is: Something!This is a book about "nothing" inspired by recent discoveries in physics, similar to the one written by Brit physicist John D. Barrow, The Book of Nothing: Vacuums, Voids, and the Latest Ideas about the Origins of the Universe (2000). While Barrow devoted several chapters to the history of the concept of zero and the idea of nothing, Cole, whi [...]
Cole's bio states that she is the writer of a popular science column for the LA Times, and it shows. She is very witty and engaging in her prose, even when explaining complex topics. I am the first to say that physics is not my forte (see my review of "How to Explain Physics to your Dog"), but I was able to understand pretty much all of this book.This book is about nothing (literally - she begins with a discussion of the invention of zero and how it changed mathematics and then moves on to the c [...]
I just finished reading this book. The book is explores the not only the human understanding of nothing, and zero along with the cosmological ramifications of empty space which turns out is not really empty after all. K.C. Cole is an engaging writer. Cole includes many of the scientific "biggies" of today and their ideas about sting theory, alternate universes, black holes,space time, and quantum particles all done masterfully with a peppering of humor. A fun educational read that left me thinki [...]
I read this book a number of years ago and really enjoyed it.It is fairly easy reading, given its subject matter of the physics of the universe and nothing. The book features some marvelous descriptions of the universe now created by scientific thinking. In addition, the author has a very clever sense of humor, which keeps the matter less heavy than it might be.The ideas in this book seem to portray miracles of a sort.
K.C. Cole, the former science columnist for the L.A. Times, is one of my favorite science writers. She makes science fun and accessible. She's a wonderfully skillful writer who loves her subject. Consider her riff on the beauty of the number zero. "Used to multiply, it erases everything; used to divide, it explodes. No wonder mathematicians sometimes think of it as The Terminator of numbers."
This was one of the best books I have ever read on the concept of "nothing" The book goes into detail of how the darkness created light to see itself. It was at this point that consciousness emerge, and the universe became self aware. I will have more to say later!!!
Entertaining read about "nothingness."
Riveting, a must read.
Own but have not read.
fun to read
Not much meat.
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