Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “العدم: مقدمة قصيرة جداً” as Want to Read:
العدم: مقدمة قصيرة جداً
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

العدم: مقدمة قصيرة جداً

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  956 ratings  ·  130 reviews
ما «العدم»؟ ما الذي يتبقى بعد زوال المادة من أرض، وقمر، ونجوم؟ هل ثمة وجود للفضاء الخاوي تمامًا… للعدم؟ يخبرك هذا الكتاب القصير الرشيق بكل ما تحتاج معرفته عن «العدم». وفيه سيصحبنا العالم البارز فرانك كلوس في رحلة مثيرة بداية من الأفكار القديمة والخرافات الثقافية، ووصولًا إلى أحدث ما توصلت إليه الأبحاث الحالية، ملقياً الضوء على الكيفية التي استكشف بها العلماء الفراغ والعدم ...more
ebook, 1st edition, 143 pages
Published 2014 by مؤسسة هنداوي للتعليم والثقافة (first published June 25th 2009)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about العدم, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about العدم

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.68  · 
Rating details
 ·  956 ratings  ·  130 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of العدم: مقدمة قصيرة جداً
James Hartley
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant book. It can´t answer the questions that everyone, layperson or expert, wants it to answer, and ends up resorting to poetry/religion - but opens your mind like any drug, book, drink, band or insight.
Example - and there are many: "Magnify a neutron or proton a thousand times and you would find that they too have a rich internal structure. Like a swarm of bees, which seen from afar appears as a dark spot whereas a close-up view shows the cloud buzzing with energy, so it is with the ne
...more
Brenton
Feb 04, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gibberish. Despite its modest subtitle Nothing: A Very Short Introduction is a substantially longer treatment than one would expect of its subject. In fact, the book turns out to be about something rather than nothing. Close asks, “‘Where did everything come from?’ . . . We have arrived at the modern answer: ‘Everything came from nothing.’ . . . The universe could have emerged out of the vacuum.” Close doesn’t dwell on the vacuum of nothing for long, but begins speculating wildly about “somethin ...more
Stefanie
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who is interested in physics or science
How does one say something about nothing? I read a book about nothing, Nothing: A Very Short Introduction by Frank Close, and he found some interesting things to say about nothing. When I requested the book from the library I wasn't entirely sure what it would be about. Philosophy? The concept of zero maybe? Turns out nothing is about physics and it gave my brain quite the workout.

The concept of nothing, the void, a vacuum in which everything has been removed, has been thought about by big minds
...more
Josh Friedlander
A book on the topic of nothing could go a number of ways: I was hoping this might be a loving taxonomy of Seinfeld. But the editors asked distinguished physicist Frank Close to write it, so he takes it in the direction of his field: the Higgs ocean, 10-dimensional universes, quantum supersymmetry. I loved the way he built it up from simple premises (why does water rush up to fill the vacuum in a syringe?), as in the best scientific writing, but I struggled to follow towards the end. This is not ...more
GridGirl
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
“The universe might be the ultimate free lunch.”

I love the concept of Oxford’s “A very short introduction” series. They allow you to dive into various topics from literature to music, from art to science, from history to philosophy, even if you have no prior knowledge about the topic.
This one right here covers some very interesting topics: Starting off with the history of “nothing” aka the discovery of the vacuum, moving on to particles and their interaction, finishing with all of the super inte
...more
Bookish Dervish
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting topic, Amusing chapters though sometimes Frank drifts away to get back to the point of discussion. I admire what mc2instein has done for humanity I guess that's why I keep coming across his thought experiments, special & general relativity.
I have to admit that some paragraphs were really hard for me to follow.
All in all, the book satisfies me, answers my questions and I were happy reading it. 5 stars
...more
Michael Huang
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprisingly good little book. I was fully expecting some watered down platitudes and tired analogies. Those books tends to be written by second hand peddler and generally leave you only vaguely more familiar with the *set of analogies* scientists use to discuss complex matters. Frank Close is a bonafide scientist yet able to connect lay readers. Two positive things helped in this book, but there are caveats. I’ll start with the positives.

1. Honesty. When you read second hand PopSci b
...more
Nina
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a GREAT little book. I think I'm going to be a big fan of these little "introduction" books. Frank Close has a new fan. He weaves such beautiful and sensitive insight into his little forays into the development of certain scientific discoveries and experiments, such as the magdeburg hemispheres and the discovery of electricity, keeping it fresh and accessible. He truly loves his subject and it showed in this concise yet rich little tome. ...more
Sabin
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Honestly, I started this book without researching the author or even reading a description of the book. I read other books in OUP’s Very Short Introduction series and I was aware of the standards they set for these books. I was not disappointed in the least, although I was not expecting so much particle physics in this book. (If I had been just a little more attentive when looking for a book to end the year with, I would have noticed another book in the VSI series by the same author named Partic ...more
Alexander Bell
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite not enjoying physics at school (quite some time ago, now) I seem to have accumulated and read quite a few books on quantum mechanics and sub-atomic particles. How much of them I have retained, I'm not sure. Despite being only 140 pages, this book is not simple. Frankly, quite a lot of it I failed to understand and this is why it took me so long to read. I had to start it again from scratch

It's the nature of the subject, really. It is almost impossible to understand. So a good book, but w
...more
Mrigank
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Author has jumbled up the topic with concepts that require extensive explanations,relativity and quantum mechanics are very difficult to understand for the uninitiated . As the title suggests I have learnt nothing from this vsi.
Kris Demey
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tough read. Understood 10%, don’t care.
Bojan Tunguz
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Nothing" seems to be the simplest of all notions, apparently requiring no thought whatsoever. It is what remains where everything is taken away. But a closer scrutiny reveals that "nothing" is not trivial as it may first seem. Is it physically possible to achieve such a thing as the absence of all matter? Even if possible, is what remains a truly empty space? And what is space anyway - is it possible to talk about it in the absence of matter? It is these and related questions that this short bo ...more
Benjamin
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYBODY. Just read it, and take the time to understand the implications.
This is probably one of the most interesting books I have ever read, science or no. Yes, there is a lot of jargon (and the author's favorite word seems to be "nugatory"), but the concepts are clearly presented given their inherently non-intuitive nature. Close investigates the nature of "nothing", trying to see whether there is such a thing or if it is merely a linguistic convenience for "nothing that matters on the level of human experience". Close has made me excited about research in areas I' ...more
Saeed
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an interesting read, but not about "nothing". The theme was "nothing" and the content was a history of physics... Most of the book was contributed to concepts that were mistaken to be nothing, such as Aether or Vacuum...

At the end of the book, the nothing was related briefly to what might has been before big bang, which I thought could be the starting point for nothing, but not much discussion there. Although I have to agree, the book being scientific, talking about what we don't know an
...more
Zachary
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good book. There are a lot of gems in here, and some really good mental models for concepts that are difficult to picture in the mind's eye.

If you'll excuse a couple spoilers about the nature of the universe here, this book left me (and the author) with two big questions:

1) If the universe we know, with all of the laws of physics it contains, came from quantum fluctuations, then what coded the quantum fluctuations?

2) Was there a 'before the big bang' or does the universe just exist, wit
...more
Matthew
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thought-help
Better explanation of relativity than I have found, though I admit I have not read any science books in a while. The book revisited most of the theories in quantum and astrophysics that intrigued me in college and brought more clarity to them than any text, video, or lecture had previously. The prose is sharp. The information is never superfluous. In some moments I don't quite grasp the concepts fully, namely when experiments and equations come into play, but those moments occur only a few times ...more
Daniel Wright
Perhaps if they'd got a philosopher to write this instead of a physicist it would have been more interesting. As it is, the author spends a good hundred-and-whatever-it-is pages saying - well, nothing. ...more
Steve Lew
Not a bad summary of particle physics. But although he does emphasize the changing concept of the vacuum throughout, all he really has to say about nothing is that physicists can't find any. Funnily, same guy wrote the very short introduction to particle physics, I wonder what the difference is. ...more
Ivan Vuković
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics, philosophy
Pretty good! A decent book that gets to the point without unnecessary philosophizing! It didn't really blow my mind, but keep in mind that I'm a theoretical physicist, so I pretty much already know all this stuff. ...more
Erickson
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: physics, philosophy
Good summary, but not very insightful for those who more or less know the topic.
Mark Walter
Are we just a fluctuation? Does the total energy in the universe equal zero? If we exist in many further multi-dimensions, in what sense is the universe expanding - perhaps it is simply moving along another dimension?

These were questions I was not expecting to be grappling with when I picked up Nothing: A Very Short Introduction. I had skimmed the first page which was filled with ancient religions and Greek musings on whether nothing could exist. How wrong I was. This was hard physics.

From 1054
...more
Alexander Miles
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made it into my bag for a recent trip, mostly because I was intrigued by the title and concept of it. I have a background in physics, which unfortunately meant that a lot of the book felt like a review of long-familiar concepts, but the early historic concepts of nothing were still interesting to read about. The presentation had the unenviable task of straddling the gap between "presentable for the layperson" and "technically correct in the details", and hit the mark most of the time ( ...more
Pere Anton
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insights but some concepts require strong knowledge of quantum physics

I liked to the book, it provides good insights on what could be the void and how it is essential for out universe, and it shows the limits of our current understanding. The void is much more than we think.

On the other hand, and maybe because it is a space that lies on the current edge of our understanding, some of the concepts and ideas rely on having strong understanding of quantum physics or quantum mechanics, or at le
...more
Christopher C. Fuchs
Spoiler: nowhere is there nothing. This is a fascinating look into the vacuum, from outer space to the "empty" space within atoms and their subatomic constituents. Frank Close starts the reader at the Classical philosophers' speculative debates, walks through the age of alchemy and the rudimentary experiments of the Enlightenment, and into the modern picture of "empty" space through the puzzling lens of quantum mechanics. The only downside is that the book is slightly outdated due to the subsequ ...more
Jina
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit disappointed with this read, but that’s probably because of all of the other books I’ve been reading lately. Really, the only knowledge this book offered, outside of what I had already learned through previous readings, was a more in-depth look at how Nothing was studied throughout history and what discovers lead to our current understanding of it. In fact, that’s what the bulk of this book is dedicated to. Only the last few chapters really touch on what current scientists believe No ...more
Desollado
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math
Although I was expecting a more philosophical approach, I think the book is overall very illuminating. It is curious reading about the Higgs boson and gravitational waves years before they were discovered as to phenomena to be expected.
I think that my only real critique is that the book starts too slowly and in order to explain the concepts in the last chapters it kind of deviates in other subjects, only to accelerate towards the end abruptly, and many concepts as false and true vacuum are very
...more
Norman Styers
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author discusses "nothing" not in a Seinfeldian sense, but the question of vacuums and the void - what light waves propagate through and so on. Close does a good job of making the technical concepts understandable, although those without a good grasp of science and mathematics will find it difficult (it is, after all, a difficult set of concepts). Close touches on the philosophical issues that the concepts raise in an even-handed, nondogmatic way. ...more
Trang
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
This started out really interesting by discussing if a a vacuum or the spaces between electrons in an atom is really "nothing" but then got into some weird tangent about the theory of relativity and that's where it lost me.. ...more
Didre (persistentcreations)
So it's safe to say that I did not follow every theory in that book. I really needed to step up my science game but I did enjoy it, I learned something new. Maybe I will pick this book up again, but for now, glad to be finished with it. ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction
  • Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction
  • The Elements: A Very Short Introduction
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Superconductivity: A Very Short Introduction
  • Economics: A Very Short Introduction
  • Reality: A Very Short Introduction
  • Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  • Jung: A Very Short Introduction
  • Conscience: A Very Short Introduction
  • Geology: A Very Short Introduction
  • Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction
  • The Devil: A Very Short Introduction
  • The World According to Physics
  • Galaxies: A Very Short Introduction
  • Philosophy of Science: A Very Short Introduction
  • Free Will: A Very Short Introduction
  • God: A Very Short Introduction
See similar books…
See top shelves…
124 followers
Francis Edwin Close (Arabic: فرانك كلوس)

In addition to his scientific research, he is known for his lectures and writings making science intelligible to a wider audience.

From Oxford he went to Stanford University in California for two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. In 1973 he went to the Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire and then to CERN in Switzerland fro
...more

News & Interviews

These twelve books are so consistently adored, they have become regulars month after month in our data of most popular and most read books on...
105 likes · 41 comments