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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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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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    Thomas Levin Chicago 05-21-12
    Thomas Levin Chicago 05-21-12 Member Since 2007

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

    Among this genre, it is an interesting book but it becomes technical at various points making it somewhat difficult to follow while listening. The listener needs to be focused and avoid distractions. There is much to be missed if the listener isn't paying attention at all times.


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    Matthew Edmundson 05-14-12
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    What did you love best about A Universe from Nothing?

    Krauss does a great job of summarizing the current state of physics and helping the reader put it all into context


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book suggests some novel ways, at least to the layman, of conceptualizing the makeup of the universe that I hadn't heard before. Krauss does a great job of helping reframe ones thoughts about such common conceptualizations of nothingness that may have previously been based on non-scientific assumptions.


    What does Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Having the author read his own book is generally a positive, and it was definitely the case here.


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

    No.


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    debra Lancing, TN, United States 05-07-12
    debra Lancing, TN, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2010

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    Recommend to anyone who likes ideas that stretch the limits of comprehension. That is not to say that his wording is difficult nor that the narrator isn't very good - only that the subject matter is outside of what we "see" in our workaday world. Anyone who likes to read about physics, particularly quantum physics has more or less gotten used to this feeling. And if you have never read a non fiction mind stretcher - this might be a good one to try. Facts can indeed be stranger than fiction!

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    Augustus USA 04-27-12
    Augustus USA 04-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great arguments and solid science ... Not much new"

    This is a great audio book and I always love when the material is actually read by the author. Dr. Krauss is brilliant and the material contained within is solid science based upon what we currently know about the universe.

    If you're relaively new to the subject, I recommend this book. It's not necessarily introductory material but if you have a beginning understaning of modern physics in terms of astrophysics, relativity, and quantum theory, you will enjoy this book and the next steps you take with it. I'd probably recommend reading one of Brian Greene's books first to have a solid foundation.

    If you've actually read many of the existing books on modern physics that are out there and seen Dr. Krauss' original presentation on this same subject, then this book adds little to the discussion. It puts it together in a nice package but it won't add much to your overall knowledge on the subject.

    Again, I enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it to friends.

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    Jack Lunenburg, MA, United States 02-24-12
    Jack Lunenburg, MA, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2009

    Avid listener of information that defines what a mess individuals have made of society, humanity and the planet itself.

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    Have read a number of books on this topic and even though there was some good and new information, listening to this author was difficult. He tries to impress you with his vocabulary and makes sure you know of all his accomplishments. Ho could take some lessons from David Wilcock.

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    Joe San Ramon, CA, United States 03-19-13
    Joe San Ramon, CA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to A Universe from Nothing again? Why?

    yes, and i do. it is actual technical, and as with all science, it need to be reviewed to get the subtle meaning.


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

    brian green's book, the elegant universe


    Which scene was your favorite?

    physics


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-12
    Philip D. Mann Oklahoma City, OK, United States 10-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The Unimaginable Made Accessible"

    This audiobook, narrated by the author, is fascinating and accessible for anyone with at least some prior understanding of cosmology, relativity, and quantum mechanics.

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    Thomas ALLEN, TX, United States 10-11-12
    Thomas ALLEN, TX, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a student currently near Dallas, TX, studying for Physics. I thoroughly enjoy a good sci-fi listen, as well as any scientific material here on Audible. Let the listening... BEGIN!

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    "Something far from Nothing!"
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    Lawrence Krauss sums up the Universe in fantastic ways. Krauss has a slightly comedic way of intelligibly relating events of the Universe to events you can relate with. The reason why the Universe is to hard to understand is because it constantly takes in phenomena that we can not possibly relate to here on Earth. Krauss does his best to bridge this gap, and in my opinion succeeds fabulous. Give this audiobook a listen if you have an interest (or questions) about the Universe.

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    Daryl FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 09-10-12
    Daryl FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This will make you question your own perceptions."

    A good overview of the status of the intersection between neuroscience and our own understanding of what it is that makes us human.

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    Jim FOREST HILL, MD, United States 05-29-12
    Jim FOREST HILL, MD, United States 05-29-12
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    What did you love best about A Universe from Nothing?

    Learned some things I didn't know and learned some things I didn't know and learned some things I didn't know.


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