In order to follow the narrator, you will need to be concentrated, the concepts presented in the book are simple only in appearance. I enjoyed the book and added to other books on the subject you can find on audible I believe I had a good introduction to the matter.
in some parts, the narration was a bit fast for me, but this of course is very personal and happened only a view times in the entire book.
A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!
This book isn't necessarily better than many of the others on this topic, but for me it is always great getting new perspectives.
I was pleased to find in this book that Dr. Krauss was a friend of and mentions Christopher Hitchens a few times through the use of quotes.
Great explanation of how something can come from nothing for the person that does not have a degree in physics. He uses no convoluted math or technical jargon that can not be understood by the layman.
I wish I understood more of the physics behind the theories but that not withstanding, this book certainly makes you step back and wonder at the complexities of the universe. It certaily is thought provoking on many levels...
I really enjoy books like “A Short History of Nearly Everything” and “A Brief History of Time.” When I saw this book I thought it would be true to the title and tell me how the universe can go from nothing to something. Sadly the book does not follow through. Krauss keeps getting distracted with his hatred of religion and trying to prove the universe was not created. According to him, whenever an atheist scientist is proven wrong it is and evolution of knowledge. When a religious scientist is proven wrong it is an indication of ignorance. He takes great joy in pointing out those that he considers ignorant. Too bad more of his energy was not applied to the proposed subject of the book. Science with an agenda is never as accurate as scientific observation and presentation with an open mind.
Krauss clearly knows his cosmolgy. Sadly he goes back to the issue of God again and again and again, sounding like a very strident atheist determined to convert all who listen. I came for the science not his theologic ponderings. Better that he's said more about the science piece and about God, bettter he'd said nothing.
Bill Bryson's style in A Short History of Everything is much more engaging. Krauss could use a bit of self-effacing humour, al la Bryson.
No, this isn't destined to be a movie.
I would like to start by saying that this is a good book. It can be a bit of a difficult read at times. But that doesn't take from the fact that Krauss provides a multitude of data and theories for his beliefs. It comes down to M-theory which has the pleasure of not being testable or provable whatsoever. It also begs the question of real "nothingness" and Krauss does a great job of explaining what he means when he says "nothing". Read it.
This was a very high level view with much physics involved. It was great to have such an intelligent perspective, and open myself up to some new theories and vocabulary. However, alot of it was over my head. With a M.S. in Data Analytics, I'm no dummy. I only modestly tell you that to have a point of reference for this review.
Say something about yourself!
I like most of what this author has done, until now. He writes likes he's 10 years' old and desperately trying to impress someone around 10 years-old. The language and constant turn-of-phrase are unforgivable. His embodiment of his own terrible writing is perfect. I'll never again read any of his books.
In attempting to explain quantum mechanics and cosmological science to the layman, Krauss has set himself an impossible task. He has done very well to make the math interesting and relatable, but I still often found myself a bit lost.
I doubt I will find a better book of this kind, and hope to get more out of it on the next time through.
The best part, for me, was the sweeping afterward by Dawkins. His accomplished prose throws off the modesty and caution of Krauss and declares the victory that Krauss has won. Krauss made a sword from logic and evidence, and Dawkins stabs it into the heart of ignorant.
Taken as a whole, this book is a grand slam... but only if you can follow it.