I struggled to follow because this was way above my intelligence. I'm a college student and maybe after a few years or after I get my PhD, I'll listen to it again and understand it better lol.
Book was dry. Author who read it was equally as dry. Even being a physics enthusiast who has read and listened to many similar books, I found myself zoning out due his inability to engage with the listener both audibly and contextually.
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.
my guess is anyone who says they understand everything in this book is either a phd-level quantum physicist, or lying... still, the parts that are understandable to a lay-person such as myself are fascinating and provide a somewhat-discernable answer to the question inferred by the title - "why is there something, rather than nothing?"