A Theory of Nothing

A Theory of Nothing (2016) by Thomas Barlow is satire of modern academia. Duronimus Karlof is a scientist at Harvard who takes on a challenge presented by a humanities academic to challenge the laws of nature.

What follows is reasonably amusing but ultimately falls down as the book goes on. The problem is that much of today’s academia has become so ridiculous and so regularly ridiculed that it’s hard to make up fiction that matches much of it. Twitter accounts that feature abstracts of real academic work that are both funny and tragic are very difficult to beat.

It’s not a bad book for a quick, amusing satirical read about modern day academia.


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