Review from previous edition All in all, this book makes for some fascinating reading Chemistry World, Dennis Rouvray An accessible and entertaining read for layperson and scientist alike Physics World The Void is well worth reading Robert Cailliau CERN Courier It covers very complicated concepts in a mostly accessible way Lawrence Rudnick, Nature A fascinating subject covered by a fascinating book Marcus Chown, FocusWhat is nothing What remains when you take all the matter away Can empty space a void exist This Very Short Introduction explores the science and the history of the elusive void from Aristotle who insisted that the vacuum was impossible, via the theories of Newton and Einstein, to our very latest discoveries and why they can tell us extraordinary things about the cosmosFrank Close tells the story of how scientists have explored the elusive void, and the rich discoveries that they have made there He takes the reader on a lively and accessible history through ancient ideas and cultural superstitions to the frontiers of current research He describes how scientists discovered that the vacuum is filled with fields how Newton, Mach, and Einstein grappled with the nature of space and time and how the mysterious aether that was long ago supposed to permeatethe void may now be making a comeback with the latest research into the Higgs fieldWe now know that the vacuum is far from being empty it seethes with virtual particles and antiparticles that erupt spontaneously into being, and it also may contain hidden dimensions that we were previously unaware of These new discoveries may provide answers to some of cosmology s most fundamental questions what lies outside the universe, and, if there was once nothing, then how did the universe begin ABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable