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.
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.
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...
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.
I am self-absorbed and...oh wait this isn't an e-mail to my therapist. hehe I love the Science and Technology section here, it's my favorite. I hope to write my reviews at least well enough to peek the interest of a few listeners to the point where they will shift their tastes more toward educational literature, knowing that(after receiving some insight from me) they can be just as entertaining, if not more so than mainstream fiction
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.
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'.
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
Excellent audiobook. The author has a good pace and voice for the topic.
Not books so much as the rebooted "Cosmos" series with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If Cosmos could be considered a 101 class in astrophysics - this would be the 300 level course.
Hearing the author's voice is always beneficial. Hearing what excites him about the work adds to the experience.
of course the stuff in here is quite good but not for the average person to understand clearly, unlike Brian Greene who explains things in very simple terms this was a bit complicated physics terms and difficult to understand for the common person