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By John D. Barrow

ISBN-10: 0307554813

ISBN-13: 9780307554819

What conceptual blind spot stored the traditional Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from constructing an idea of 0? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the satan? What tortuous capability did 17th-century scientists hire of their makes an attempt to create a vacuum? And why do modern quantum physicists think that the void is absolutely seething with subatomic task? You'll locate the solutions during this dizzyingly erudite and assuredly defined booklet through the English cosmologist John D. Barrow.

Ranging via arithmetic, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The ebook of not anything explores the iconic carry that vacuity has exercised at the human mind's eye. Combining high-wire hypothesis with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare along Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result's a desirable day trip to the vanishing element of our wisdom.

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This resultant “package” of atoms behaves in many ways as a single, distinct particle would. A diatomic molecule is a molecule that contains two atoms. It is the simplest type of molecule that can exist. Next in complexity are triatomic molecules. A triatomic molecule is a molecule that contains three atoms. Continuing on numerically, we have tetraatomic molecules, pentatomic molecules, and so on. The atoms present in a molecule may all be of the same kind, or two or more kinds may be present. On the basis of this observation, molecules are classified into two categories: homoatomic and heteroatomic.

D. Only heteroatomic molecules may contain three or more atoms. Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false. If a statement is false, change it to make it true. ) a. A molecule of an element may be homoatomic or heteroatomic, depending on which element is involved. b. The limit of chemical subdivision for a compound is a molecule. c. Heteroatomic molecules do not maintain the properties of their constituent elements. d. Only one kind of atom may be present in a homoatomic molecule.

The majority of the known elements have been discovered since 1990. b. New naturally occuring elements have been identified within the past 10 years. c. More than 25 laboratory-produced elements are known. d. All laboratory-produced elements are unstable. Indicate whether each of the following statements about elemental abundances is true or false. a. Silicon is the second-most abundant element in Earth’s crust. b. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe but not in Earth’s crust. 46 c.

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