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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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    MICHAEL J STEVENS 03-17-15
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    "Great book if cosmology interests you "

    Lawrence Krauss is very passionate about what he does, and it's told in his storytelling here. I enjoyed this book.

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    Greg 03-05-15
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    "Krauss is great"

    I'm not going to pretend that I understood half of it, but I enjoyed being exposed to it

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    Michael Bann 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Dry book for those really into physics"

    Book was dry. Author who read it was equally as dry. Even being a physics enthusiast who has read and listened to many similar books, I found myself zoning out due his inability to engage with the listener both audibly and contextually.

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    Ronnie Craig 02-18-15

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    "great. listened to it over and over many times."

    listened to it over and over. Lawrence Krauss is a wonderful writer. I've liked all his books.

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    Richard Bagley 01-06-15
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    "An important book"

    Two of the most fundamental questions in science are: (1) How did chemistry change into biology - the origin of life, and (2) What caused the Big Bang. This book answers thar latter question.

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    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 12-28-14
    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unmitigated nonsense"

    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.

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    jonathan zinck 12-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very well written"

    very well written, I would say that I got about 75% of what he was saying, at times it was hard to follow, but well worth the read

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    Jonathan Bakersfield, CA 12-12-14
    Jonathan Bakersfield, CA 12-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "dense, but fascinating"

    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?"

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    Dr. Calgary, AB, Canada 12-05-14
    Dr. Calgary, AB, Canada 12-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A profound scientific work written for the public"
    Would you listen to A Universe from Nothing again? Why?

    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.


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    ES Centreville, VA 12-03-14
    ES Centreville, VA 12-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a good brief modern look at cosmology"
    If you could sum up A Universe from Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    clear and thorough


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity of description and narration.


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

    They just make it easier to ingest.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    all from nothing


    Any additional comments?

    Krauss is a good writer and narrator.

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