An advanced level of physics in a fairly easy to follow presentation.
It is interesting to consider that something is a more stable state than nothing.
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.
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
A book for athiests. The turtle story was already used in Hawkings' book "A brief History of Time." Only redeaming feature of the book is that it was only 5 hrs long. Also I think it would have been better if they used a professional narrator.
No. What I thought was going to be a book on cosmology turned out to be nothing more than a tirade against religion in general. I didn't buy this to hear about atheism, pantheism, Christianity, Islam or Vedanta. I wanted to learn cosmology.
No. I got tired very quickly of their using the book as a bully pulpit for their religion.
There were none.
The atheist proselytizing and the kissing of Richard Dawkins' rear end.
OK, you're a good little atheist. Now you get your funding for your next book.
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.
Good Sci-Fi is so hard to find. I loved "Enders Game," written by Orson Scott Card. Favorite Book of 2012 Bill Bryson's "From a Sun Burned Country." Wildly informative, laugh out loud, travel log about Australia. "Who I Am," by Pete Townsend and "Life" by Kieth Richards favorite auto biographies of 2012
This book did not live up to the hype of the Publishers Review posted on Audible, which uses terms like:
"WILDLY POPULAR - RIVETS as it ENLIGHTENS," to describe the book.
The publisher also claims that:
"Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers."
"WHICH IS NOT EVEN VAGUELY CLOSE TO BEING TRUE. None of his videos on You Tube have even come close to a million hits.
Another misleading fiction in the Publishers Review states:
"The beautiful experimental observations and MIND BENDING THEORIES ARE ALL DESCRIBED ACCESSIBLE."
I found Lawrence Krauss very self absorbed in letting the listener know just how amazing HIS observations were and all the papers he'd published, while delivering the information in the throat choking dryness of academia.
In all fairness, I'd just finished Bill Bryson's: A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING and had my expectations way too high. Bill's book lives up to the to the words in all caps above.
Boring, Self-absorbed, Deathly-dry
Price - it was inexpensive
This book was a pleasure to hear.
Lawrence presents his material with a conviction born of an intimate knowledge of the subject matter. Yet still sounds in absolute awe of the universe. There is no hint of familiarity breeding contempt.
I enjoyed a second run through the book even more, as my mind could absorb more having had a chance to process details from the first listening. With each pass I feel my consciousness being raised and my preconceived notions turning to dust.
The only thing I would have changed is to have Richard Dawkins read the epilogue.
Two of the most fundamental questions in science are: (1) How did chemistry change into biology - the origin of life, and (2) What caused the Big Bang. This book answers thar latter question.
It matters not to me that those who consider themselves enlightened and intelligent will think me a scientific philistine or backward fundamentalist. When you insult my intelligence in the first few minutes of a listen and fail to qualify your nonsense at all, and make no reference to the fact that you were joking, then my ability to pay attention to your ramblings--which are at best way over the head of the average listener, at worst, unintelligible--then you must be discarded. This guy actually states that snowflakes and rainbow are the result of nothing! I had to listen to it three times because I could not believe he had actually said it. Was there no editor? To allow him the opportunity to build on that would be the most ridiculous waste of time. There is a lot of what passes for reason being foisted on the hapless public today and this is just another installment. Many readers follow along because they see this kind of thinking as trendy or cutting edge. In a world where each of us would insist that we think for ourselves, almost nobody does. The emperor has no clothes! the sooner you face this the better off you will be. I doubt the website editors will post this and maybe I have no right to expect them to since I have returned the book. If you can get anything out of this guys ramblings you have a totally different idea of what sound reasoning is than what I do.