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?"
This is a book you can listen to, or read, as many times as you want. It sums up the current standing of science, and cosmology in particular, written for non scientifically versed readers. It has a lot to say, all presented in an easy to understand language and an awesome sense of humour. Professor Krauss is known to make his audience burst out in laughter, he is also known to make them thing very deeply and seriously about how our universe works.
clear and thorough
The clarity of description and narration.
They just make it easier to ingest.
all from nothing
Krauss is a good writer and narrator.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Lawrence M. Krauss may be an excellent physicist but as an author he is an emperor with no clothes.“A Universe from Nothing” is a fatuous exploration of physics because it fails to explain physics to the general public. Krauss either presumes the public knows enough physics to backup his generalizations or Krauss is unable to make his points clear. This reviewer believes it is more of the latter than the former. Krauss castes allusions to literature that compound his ineptitude as a writer; i.e. the only saving grace of the book is its epilogue, written by Richard Dawkins and performed by Simon Vance.
This is a disappointing book because too many words were used to make one relatively clear point, that something can come from nothing but one still wonders where that nothing came from. One realizes understanding is a two way street. It may be the listener’s deficiency rather than the writer’s skill but as S.I Hayakawa once noted, communication is the responsibility of the communicator because the communicator has control of the conversation; particularly true in the case of a book where there is no opportunity for question.
I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.
Easily among the best.
The way he says Gawd (God to the rest of us)... Just humored me.
The ease of the discussion of the message...
One answer to One Big Question...
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
I really enjoy books like “A Short History of Nearly Everything” and “A Brief History of Time.” When I saw this book I thought it would be true to the title and tell me how the universe can go from nothing to something. Sadly the book does not follow through. Krauss keeps getting distracted with his hatred of religion and trying to prove the universe was not created. According to him, whenever an atheist scientist is proven wrong it is and evolution of knowledge. When a religious scientist is proven wrong it is an indication of ignorance. He takes great joy in pointing out those that he considers ignorant. Too bad more of his energy was not applied to the proposed subject of the book. Science with an agenda is never as accurate as scientific observation and presentation with an open mind.
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.