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A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing | [Lawrence M. Krauss]

A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

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. 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.
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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.

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“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)

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    david chesapeake, VA, United States 02-06-12
    david chesapeake, VA, United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2015

    A fellow listener inclined to share my opinion on these productions. Maybe even inspire someone toward a powerful, or educational audiobook!

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    Where does A Universe from Nothing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book isn't necessarily better than many of the others on this topic, but for me it is always great getting new perspectives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was pleased to find in this book that Dr. Krauss was a friend of and mentions Christopher Hitchens a few times through the use of quotes.


    Which character – as performed by Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Himself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Woodinville, WA, United States 04-23-12
    Rich Woodinville, WA, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Answers to the Age Old Questions"
    If you could sum up A Universe from Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    Krause provides an excellent rebuttal to the old theological saw that there must be a creator god. Without one, we are forced to explain how something, the universe, came out of nothing. Thanks to Krause, we now know there is empirical evidence that the appearance of subatomic particles from nothing is actually a rather banal occurrence. He goes on to provide a very plausible explanation of our current understanding of cosmology. One that is far more bazaar and interesting than anything organized religion offers.


    What other book might you compare A Universe from Nothing to and why?

    This book fits very nicely on the shelf with Dawkins' 'God Delusion', Sam Harris' 'The End of Faith', and Hitchens' 'God is Not Great'.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shalom Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-07-12
    Shalom Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Better to have focused on what he knows!"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence M. Krauss and/or Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ?

    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.


    What other book might you compare A Universe from Nothing to and why?

    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.


    Could you see A Universe from Nothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, this isn't destined to be a movie.


    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli B. SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, United States 08-27-15
    Kelli B. SPRINGFIELD, OREGON, United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My brain hurts"

    Lawrence Krauss is very energetic and passionate -- so don't worry. Whereas Richard Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth" put me to sleep with his dry delivery, Krauss' clear explanation of astrophysics and cosmological concepts is engaging and intriguing.

    I've listened to it several times over -- not because Krauss isn't a good teacher, but because my brain can only take so much.

    Fantastic book.

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    Jerry 08-10-15
    Jerry 08-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "brings out the curious and wonderous in you"

    a tour de force through the latest observations and theories in cosmology. A word of caution: requires a bit of acquaintance in pop quantum mechanics and pop relativity. Well worth the time.

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    james p. mcniel Glen Head, NY United States 07-20-15
    james p. mcniel Glen Head, NY United States 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Traverse 13 .72 billion years in five hours. Wow!"

    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.

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    Matt 06-12-15
    Matt 06-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Sheer Brilliance"

    Lawrence Krauss does a magnificent job explaining often mind boggling physics concepts, redefining what we understand as "nothing".

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    K ODell 05-05-15
    K ODell 05-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing."

    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.

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    sam 05-04-15
    sam 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A layman's introduction to modern cosmology"

    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.

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    "Stunning science"

    A book to make a person want to return to university and study physics. Well told story, and up to date.

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