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)
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.
A wonderful book. The science throughout can be heavy and a little difficult to follow. Krauss pulls no punches. I'd definitely recommend it, with the caveat that being at least mildly scientifically literate is probably a prerequisite for taking anything important away from reading. I think it's one of those books worth having for its own sake, like Dawkins' "God Delusion."
Lawrence Krauss wrote an easily understood, yet profound work answering the deep philosophical/theological dilemma - how, without a Grand Designer, can a universe appear from nothing. His easy writing style, as well as his comfortable delivery makes this a must have for anyone interested in foundational questions, or science in general, irrespective of your educational level.
Will need to read this again to understand some of the concepts he was explaining and do some research outside of this book I think. The one thing I found about this book was that he always came to a conclusion that I could understand in all the chapters, even if I did not understand all the lead up. If you are interested in the origin of oir universe then this is a must read.
I struggled to follow because this was way above my intelligence. I'm a college student and maybe after a few years or after I get my PhD, I'll listen to it again and understand it better lol.
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