In this short story, a scientist/engineer discovers that the perforations on toilet paper are the strongest part. He reasons that more perforations will make it even stronger. He makes a material that is so perforated that it consists of nearly nothing (hence the name, "Nothing"), and is invisible and impenetrable.

  • So... We reopen this question, copy the answer from that question to here, make that the accepted answer, and then close the original again as a duplicate?
    – TGnat
    Sep 3, 2015 at 19:55
  • @TGnat We reopen, and then we wait until the OP here has acknowledged that that is the answer.
    – Mr Lister
    Sep 3, 2015 at 20:00
  • @SeanDuggan, can you repost your answer from here?
    – gowenfawr
    Sep 3, 2015 at 21:20

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"It Was Nothing—Really!" by Theodore Sturgeon. See Sean Duggan's answer to this question.

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