Krauss does an amazing job of making something out of nothing. He describes the beginning the middle and the end and the possible beginning again. A wonderfully thought provoking book.
As approachable as an average Joe could hope for such advanced scientific theory. If this book doesn't stagger you at least once, read it again - you weren't paying attention the first time.
Krause gives a compelling history of the great questions of modern cosmology since Einstein's special relativity, and a compelling overview of some of the most buzzing theoretical areas today. The first bit might fool you - his simplification for the layman feels briefly condescending... until you suddenly find yourself reading/listening to the same passages again and again, grasping for strings of understanding. By the time Krauss starts sprinkling in 'for reasons that are too complex to explain here...' - you believe. Towards the later theories like string and quantum mechanics it seems clear that his decision to stay away from the math is limiting, but understandable. Overall, very interesting book. The most interesting part to me was the descriptions of many of the tests on real data in early cosmology - measuring the distance of stars, clusters and etc.
A wonderful book. The science throughout can be heavy and a little difficult to follow. Krauss pulls no punches. I'd definitely recommend it, with the caveat that being at least mildly scientifically literate is probably a prerequisite for taking anything important away from reading. I think it's one of those books worth having for its own sake, like Dawkins' "God Delusion."
Lawrence Krauss wrote an easily understood, yet profound work answering the deep philosophical/theological dilemma - how, without a Grand Designer, can a universe appear from nothing. His easy writing style, as well as his comfortable delivery makes this a must have for anyone interested in foundational questions, or science in general, irrespective of your educational level.
Will need to read this again to understand some of the concepts he was explaining and do some research outside of this book I think. The one thing I found about this book was that he always came to a conclusion that I could understand in all the chapters, even if I did not understand all the lead up. If you are interested in the origin of oir universe then this is a must read.