Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?
Krauss’ answers to these and other timeless questions, in a wildly popular lecture on YouTube, has attracted almost a million viewers. The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it’s the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. Scientists have, however, historically focused on more pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which could help us to improve our quality of life.
In this cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains groundbreaking scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their head. One of the few prominent scientists to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is indeed addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing—with surprising and fascinating results. The beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending theories are all described accessibly, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.
With his characteristic wry humor and clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it will end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight listeners as it looks at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. And this knowledge that our universe will be quite different in the future has profound consequences and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins described it, this could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.
©2012 Lawrence M. Krauss (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Nothing is not nothing. Nothing is something. That’s how a cosmos can be spawned from the void—a profound idea conveyed in A Universe from Nothing that unsettles some yet enlightens others. Meanwhile, it’s just another day on the job for physicist Lawrence Krauss.” (Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History)
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.
Krauss clearly knows his cosmolgy. Sadly he goes back to the issue of God again and again and again, sounding like a very strident atheist determined to convert all who listen. I came for the science not his theologic ponderings. Better that he's said more about the science piece and about God, bettter he'd said nothing.
Bill Bryson's style in A Short History of Everything is much more engaging. Krauss could use a bit of self-effacing humour, al la Bryson.
No, this isn't destined to be a movie.
this book is phenomenal! it comes out blazing and keeps your attention the entire.
Krauss masterfully articulates how the universe works by taking a topic such as quantum physics and beautifully relating it for the lay person's understanding. He does this without dumbing down the content to add to his credibility.
Krauss powerfully communicates how the cosmos operates with our current limited understanding and takes you step by step through a journey of discovering how something can come from nothing.
if you are someone who values facts and reality over beliefs and superstition then this book is for you!
Knowing the book was read by the author himself enhances the experience. A fascinating glimpse at the possible death of the Prim Mover.
Narrated by Krause himself, this book this book explains so much about how our universe works. After listening to it I feel both humbled and inspired to learn more. You might want to go back and listen to a few difficult topics again but this book is definitely worth a listen.
I've seen the author on YouTube videos of the panels he was on - usually slouching low in the chair with a grin on his face...
So the author, after taking us through a lot of good relevant science, makes the 'best guess' one can according to current scientific theory, though the 'answers' are still speculative and nebulous (which is why he did not spend too much time actually 'answering').
It is a good book on the current state of the relevant sciences.
This book very simply and elegantly describes our current understanding of the universe.
There is a lot of theory involved, but it's sheds some light on some highly abstract concepts.
For people who love cosmology and are interested in out place in the universe would love this book.
A wonderful look into the deepest structures of our universe, to which Dr. Krauss then expands upon these irrevocable facts to skew just how we get what we have today from what was ultimately the nothing of before...
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