Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat's Cradle.
In the novel, "Cat's Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., an important book comes to light. It is titled "What Can a Thoughtful Man Hope for Mankind on Earth, Given the Experience of the Past Million Years?" The chief character is anxious to read it. But when he does, he finds that it doesn't take long. The whole book consists of one word: "Nothing."