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)
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This book isn't necessarily better than many of the others on this topic, but for me it is always great getting new perspectives.
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.
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.
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.
This book fits very nicely on the shelf with Dawkins' 'God Delusion', Sam Harris' 'The End of Faith', and Hitchens' 'God is Not Great'.
Just another boring Atheism vs. God debate that's been done a hundred times before.
Was expecting a purely quantum physics/cosmology book a la Michio Kaku.
Authour and narrator were both well-spoken, at least.
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.
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