San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
A New Scientist event about Nothing
Here’s a puzzle for you: what do the big bang, a curse of death, men’s nipples, antimatter traps, superconductors, penguin chicks and xenon have in common? The answer is, of course, nothing. That is to say, we don’t mean they are unrelated in any way. Quite the opposite. They are all connected by the notion of nothing – nada, nichts, niente.
Nothing is the intriguing theme of the latest book from New Scientist, to be published on 7th November. Take zero, a critically important number that took many centuries to come into existence before being shunned as a dangerous innovation. The vacuum, or void, that the Ancient Greeks argued about, that by 1930 had become the vacuum of quantum theory and is about as far from nothing as you can get. Or the perplexing scenario of the nocebo effect, where just a few words can kill someone.
Join the team from New Scientist and our panel of guest speakers for an entertaining evening of amazing insights into nothingness:
- Marcus Chown (New Scientist consultant and best-selling author) on how the universe came from nothing
- Helen Pilcher (freelance writer and comedienne) talking about the nocebo effect, evil twin of the placebo effect
- Jeremy Webb (New Scientist Editor-in-Chief) on the vacuum that for 2,000 years was thought not to exist
- Linda Geddes (New Scientist reporter and author) goes to the brink of nothingness and investigates what we know about anaesthetics and consciousness
- Richard Webb (New Scientist Features Editor) on the origins and importance to our modern lives of zero
Get something for nothing - included in your advance ticket price is a copy of the Nothing book (rrp £7.99).
- Doors to Conway Hall will open at 6pm, the talk will commence at 6:30pm. Drinks will be available from the bar when doors open and after the talk.
- Tickets will only be available in advance, not on the door.
- The Nothing book included with your advance ticket will be available for collection on the night only. If you are unable to attend we will not be able to post the book to you after the event. This is limited to 1 book per ticket.