Invisible: The History of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics (Paperback)
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Invisible: The History of the Unseen from Plato to Particle Physics (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 30/07/2015
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If you could be invisible, what would you do? The chances are that it would have something to do with power, wealth or sex. Perhaps all three. But there's no need to feel guilty. Impulses like these have always been at the heart of our fascination with invisibility: it points to realms beyond our senses, serves as a receptacle for fears and dreams, and hints at worlds where other rules apply. Invisibility is a mighty power and a terrible curse, a sexual promise, a spiritual condition. This is a history of humanity's turbulent relationship with the invisible. It takes on the myths and morals of Plato, the occult obsessions of the Middle Ages, the trickeries and illusions of stage magic, the auras and ethers of Victorian physics, military strategies to camouflage armies and ships and the discovery of invisibly small worlds. From the medieval to the cutting-edge, fairy tales to telecommunications, from beliefs about the supernatural to the discovery of dark energy, Philip Ball reveals the universe of the invisible.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099590439
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 275 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"As a harvest of fascinating facts delivered with sharp wit and insight, it is hard to fault" -- Robert Douglas-Fairhurst * Daily Telegraph *
"Intriguing" -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
"A fascinating compendium... Another author might struggle to manage such an esoteric collection [of stories of invisibility] but Mr Ball's writing is incisive enough to keep the different elements hanging and working together" * The Economist *
"Ball marshals his material with deftness and charm" * Literary Review *
"[A] fantastic feast of ideas and information on the subject... In this enthralling book, Philip Ball's elegant and intelligent mastery...is very evident indeed" * Evening Standard *

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