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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.
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.
Krause provides an excellent rebuttal to the old theological saw that there must be a creator god. Without one, we are forced to explain how something, the universe, came out of nothing. Thanks to Krause, we now know there is empirical evidence that the appearance of subatomic particles from nothing is actually a rather banal occurrence. He goes on to provide a very plausible explanation of our current understanding of cosmology. One that is far more bazaar and interesting than anything organized religion offers.
This book fits very nicely on the shelf with Dawkins' 'God Delusion', Sam Harris' 'The End of Faith', and Hitchens' 'God is Not Great'.
Just another boring Atheism vs. God debate that's been done a hundred times before.
Was expecting a purely quantum physics/cosmology book a la Michio Kaku.
Authour and narrator were both well-spoken, at least.
Not to knock Krauss, but there were times I felt he needed more passion in his words. It would have made it that much more enjoyable to listen to.
I am fascinated with physics, but I really struggle understanding a lot of the more complex ideas. Krauss does a wonderful job of putting this incredible theory into a format that at least makes sense to the non scientist.
I am a chemist by training and always had vague understandings about elementary particles and how electron, for example, can be found anywhere around the nucleus at its atomic orbitals. In one of the chapters Lawrence Krauss describes this with Feynman diagrams and all of the sudden I know how electron's position everywhere at the same time can be understood. This is just one example out of many things I learned from this book.
I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who asks.
Chapter 5, read it and then "nothing" ever the same.
I had been bound by my time to not have enough of it to read anything as substantial as this. Using audible.com has giving me the illusion of time to enjoy such works. This book in particular has giving me large insight into the origin of the universe and the problems there in to further my critical thinking. A wonderful read, or rather, a wonderful listen for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of what is and isn't or what could be and could not be and possibilities abound.
Scientific arguments aside, the journey of logic to the conclusion of existence of something originating from nothing was amazing and convincing. Makes one question the notion of nothing.