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.
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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)
It matters not to me that those who consider themselves enlightened and intelligent will think me a scientific philistine or backward fundamentalist. When you insult my intelligence in the first few minutes of a listen and fail to qualify your nonsense at all, and make no reference to the fact that you were joking, then my ability to pay attention to your ramblings--which are at best way over the head of the average listener, at worst, unintelligible--then you must be discarded. This guy actually states that snowflakes and rainbow are the result of nothing! I had to listen to it three times because I could not believe he had actually said it. Was there no editor? To allow him the opportunity to build on that would be the most ridiculous waste of time. There is a lot of what passes for reason being foisted on the hapless public today and this is just another installment. Many readers follow along because they see this kind of thinking as trendy or cutting edge. In a world where each of us would insist that we think for ourselves, almost nobody does. The emperor has no clothes! the sooner you face this the better off you will be. I doubt the website editors will post this and maybe I have no right to expect them to since I have returned the book. If you can get anything out of this guys ramblings you have a totally different idea of what sound reasoning is than what I do.
my guess is anyone who says they understand everything in this book is either a phd-level quantum physicist, or lying... still, the parts that are understandable to a lay-person such as myself are fascinating and provide a somewhat-discernable answer to the question inferred by the title - "why is there something, rather than nothing?"
This is a book you can listen to, or read, as many times as you want. It sums up the current standing of science, and cosmology in particular, written for non scientifically versed readers. It has a lot to say, all presented in an easy to understand language and an awesome sense of humour. Professor Krauss is known to make his audience burst out in laughter, he is also known to make them thing very deeply and seriously about how our universe works.
clear and thorough
The clarity of description and narration.
They just make it easier to ingest.
all from nothing
Krauss is a good writer and narrator.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Lawrence M. Krauss may be an excellent physicist but as an author he is an emperor with no clothes.“A Universe from Nothing” is a fatuous exploration of physics because it fails to explain physics to the general public. Krauss either presumes the public knows enough physics to backup his generalizations or Krauss is unable to make his points clear. This reviewer believes it is more of the latter than the former. Krauss castes allusions to literature that compound his ineptitude as a writer; i.e. the only saving grace of the book is its epilogue, written by Richard Dawkins and performed by Simon Vance.
This is a disappointing book because too many words were used to make one relatively clear point, that something can come from nothing but one still wonders where that nothing came from. One realizes understanding is a two way street. It may be the listener’s deficiency rather than the writer’s skill but as S.I Hayakawa once noted, communication is the responsibility of the communicator because the communicator has control of the conversation; particularly true in the case of a book where there is no opportunity for question.
I love just a few things... Family, Drumming, Baseball, and Intellect.
Easily among the best.
The way he says Gawd (God to the rest of us)... Just humored me.
The ease of the discussion of the message...
One answer to One Big Question...
Excellent audiobook. The author has a good pace and voice for the topic.
Not books so much as the rebooted "Cosmos" series with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If Cosmos could be considered a 101 class in astrophysics - this would be the 300 level course.
Hearing the author's voice is always beneficial. Hearing what excites him about the work adds to the experience.
of course the stuff in here is quite good but not for the average person to understand clearly, unlike Brian Greene who explains things in very simple terms this was a bit complicated physics terms and difficult to understand for the common person
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.
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