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A Universe from Nothing Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

“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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    Aggies 12-02-15
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    "Great book for scientist-enthusiasts"

    I am a chemist by training and always had vague understandings about elementary particles and how electron, for example, can be found anywhere around the nucleus at its atomic orbitals. In one of the chapters Lawrence Krauss describes this with Feynman diagrams and all of the sudden I know how electron's position everywhere at the same time can be understood. This is just one example out of many things I learned from this book.

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    Donna Kidby 11-27-15
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who asks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Universe from Nothing?

    Chapter 5, read it and then "nothing" ever the same.


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    "Wonderful"

    I had been bound by my time to not have enough of it to read anything as substantial as this. Using audible.com has giving me the illusion of time to enjoy such works. This book in particular has giving me large insight into the origin of the universe and the problems there in to further my critical thinking. A wonderful read, or rather, a wonderful listen for anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of what is and isn't or what could be and could not be and possibilities abound.

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    "Question the "reality" as you might "know" it!"

    Scientific arguments aside, the journey of logic to the conclusion of existence of something originating from nothing was amazing and convincing. Makes one question the notion of nothing.

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    "Refreshing angle"

    While I've read much if this many times, this book provided a different perspective that helped me understand things a bit better.

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    "so brilliant that my head now hurts."

    Lawrence Krauss is an overall incredible man who once again proves it with this book. it should be required reading in schools.

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    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-27-15
    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-27-15 Member Since 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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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