Gaten en andere dingen die er niet zijn
Friday, 12 June 2009
Recently a book was published called ”Gaten en andere dingen die er niet zijn”, written by the Easy Aloha’s and published by Nieuw Amsterdam. The Easy Aloha’s have been mentioned in this blog as deejays and musicians, but they are also scientists.
This book is about everything that counts but doesn’t exist. There are more things that do not exist, like Yeti’s, Loch Ness monsters and the Arc of Covenant, but Bas Albers & Gerard Janssen write about holes, silences, spaces and zero’s. If you have not yet read the book, please do: I read it in one single session and my first thought after closing the book was that I wish it was twice as thick.
It is pretty hard core science, but even the physics chapters are easy to follow. They write a lot about silence, which turns out to be far more interesting than I thought. Here is a chapter that I wanted to share with you:
I still haven’t written much about copyright. And after this story I doubt whether it is worth my effort. I mean, this tops all I have to say.
Here is a site that is dedicated to silence: Site of silence.
And here is an advertisement record about silence:
The flexi record was made by Heinz Kindervoeding in 196?. It is a story by Bert Garthoff. The record came with a booklet in which the same story is told as on the record. With a few minor differences and with some sound effects that are not in the booklet.
Here is side A:
And here is side B: