Recommend to anyone who likes ideas that stretch the limits of comprehension. That is not to say that his wording is difficult nor that the narrator isn't very good - only that the subject matter is outside of what we "see" in our workaday world. Anyone who likes to read about physics, particularly quantum physics has more or less gotten used to this feeling. And if you have never read a non fiction mind stretcher - this might be a good one to try. Facts can indeed be stranger than fiction!
This is a great audio book and I always love when the material is actually read by the author. Dr. Krauss is brilliant and the material contained within is solid science based upon what we currently know about the universe.
If you're relaively new to the subject, I recommend this book. It's not necessarily introductory material but if you have a beginning understaning of modern physics in terms of astrophysics, relativity, and quantum theory, you will enjoy this book and the next steps you take with it. I'd probably recommend reading one of Brian Greene's books first to have a solid foundation.
If you've actually read many of the existing books on modern physics that are out there and seen Dr. Krauss' original presentation on this same subject, then this book adds little to the discussion. It puts it together in a nice package but it won't add much to your overall knowledge on the subject.
Again, I enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to friends.
The Author, while claiming to be focused on science for the sake of science spends way too much time trying to convince everybody that god does not exist. When I buy I science book, I want a science book. When I buy a theological book, I want a theological book. The author is so insistent on proving there is no god that he almost sounds like an extremely religious person who is trying to make you believe in god. I would argue that the author while consistently saying he has no faith in religion, is treating science as if it is a religion.
Sometimes I would think while listening to the book "come on, get on with the science" I've had enough of this lame discussion on how he has mathematically proven God does not exist. Also, what he fails to understand in his constant battering criticism of religion is that some religions have actively encouraged the seeking of knowledge and the study of science. As a Muslim, I know that my religion encourages me to learn and study. Religion is something we accept based purely on faith. I don't need mathematical proof that God exists. Science is based on math, observation and analytical thinking, I compartmentalize the two and have no issues with believing in both.
If the two conflict, not a big deal, chances are there is something I have misinterpreted from either the science side or the religion side. If the the conflict is extreme, I don't give myself a headache about it. Science has done good things to my life and religion has done good things to my life, I don't feel compelled to go around actively trying to discredit one or the other. For someone who does not believe in God, I would consider the lengths to which this author has gone in an attempt to prove this idea almost like an act of desperation. His arguments had the same tone, pitch and fervor of some of the extremely religious guys I've met who are trying to sell me their way of life as the only way that makes sense.. So, dear author, tone it down a bit and focus on the science next time.
Yes, Mr. Kraus is informed and endeavoring to answer the larger questions that still remain in cosmology.
A professional reader would have been a better choice to read his book. I also thought that the verbal jabs he makes at those whose belief system is different than his were unnecessary.
Pronunciation was, at times, difficult and hard to distinguish. A fine mind does not always equate to a good reader.
Mostly, though it still leaves open the question of whether the universe really did come from nothing.
Mr. Kraus begins with the universe already in some primordial state of existence some time after the Big Bang. His premise is sound in that because empty space has weight, it must also have energy. He therefore posits that it is plausible to conclude that this energy can be the primary or beginning cause for how the rest of the universe came into existence.
The problem lies in where Mr Kraus begins his journey which is sometime after the Big Bang. The book still leaves the larger question unanswered. That question is, what if anything, existed prior to the Big Bang? If it was absolute nothingness, how could something come from a complete state of absolute nothingness?
Mr Kraus begins with empty space which is a state of relative nothingness. There is a very significant difference between relative nothingness and absolute nothingness.
Everything from nothing
For the first time, science can give a plausible explanation as to how our observable universe could have come about spontaneously in the Big Bang. "Nothing" may not be stable. The total energy of the universe is likely zero when dark energy is included.
I found it quite profound and exciting.
Krauss presents a technically challenging subject in an approachable way and without mathematics or too much jargon. He does a good job of summarizing our current understanding of cosmology and points to important ongoing work.
This book made brain hurt more bad!!
This is a very interesting book, I've listened to it twice and got so much more out of it the second time but I know that there's just a bucket load that I still missed. Someday soon I'll give it a third listen.
I like the whole hypothesis and the turnaround of his inquiries. His attention to detail and his lack of sweeping statements that have no backing is refreshing.
For me---For me, he could have dumbed it down and made it more accessible for someone who is curious, of average intelligence and who WANTS to understand what he is talking about and why he states what he states.
Research and years and years of study with the best minds.
Nope. I tried several times and the amount of data for ME requires a book to look at the sentences and then to digest and then look again at times. I simply could not stay with what he was saying and I aborted part way through.
This review could be saying more about my own ability to listen to dense material with audiobooks. I simply could not stay with it.
I was left feeling like I will need to hear it again to grasp it more fully. I have deeper wonder for the mystery of existence.
Krauss has a passion for the process of discovery and research that clearly comes out in his respect for other scientists, even those he disagrees with.
He presents the idea that the balance of being and non-being is delicate; similar to the way that conditions for life in the universe are very rare.
I am a student currently near Dallas, TX, studying for Physics. I thoroughly enjoy a good sci-fi listen, as well as any scientific material here on Audible. Let the listening... BEGIN!
Lawrence Krauss sums up the Universe in fantastic ways. Krauss has a slightly comedic way of intelligibly relating events of the Universe to events you can relate with. The reason why the Universe is to hard to understand is because it constantly takes in phenomena that we can not possibly relate to here on Earth. Krauss does his best to bridge this gap, and in my opinion succeeds fabulous. Give this audiobook a listen if you have an interest (or questions) about the Universe.
A good overview of the status of the intersection between neuroscience and our own understanding of what it is that makes us human.