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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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    jean-louis jaumin 02-13-12
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    "an overview of nothing"
    What made the experience of listening to A Universe from Nothing the most enjoyable?

    In order to follow the narrator, you will need to be concentrated, the concepts presented in the book are simple only in appearance. I enjoyed the book and added to other books on the subject you can find on audible I believe I had a good introduction to the matter.


    What about Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ’s performance did you like?

    in some parts, the narration was a bit fast for me, but this of course is very personal and happened only a view times in the entire book.<br/>


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David Chadwick 02-06-12 Member Since 2017
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    Where does A Universe from Nothing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book isn't necessarily better than many of the others on this topic, but for me it is always great getting new perspectives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was pleased to find in this book that Dr. Krauss was a friend of and mentions Christopher Hitchens a few times through the use of quotes.


    Which character – as performed by Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Himself.


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

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Johnstown, PA, United States 02-06-12
    Dennis Johnstown, PA, United States 02-06-12
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    "Another great book from Krauss"
    Any additional comments?

    Great explanation of how something can come from nothing for the person that does not have a degree in physics. He uses no convoluted math or technical jargon that can not be understood by the layman.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    james United States 06-13-12
    james United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opener"
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    I wish I understood more of the physics behind the theories but that not withstanding, this book certainly makes you step back and wonder at the complexities of the universe. It certaily is thought provoking on many levels...

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shalom Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-07-12
    Shalom Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 11-07-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Better to have focused on what he knows!"
    Would you try another book from Lawrence M. Krauss and/or Lawrence M. Krauss and Simon Vance ?

    Krauss clearly knows his cosmolgy. Sadly he goes back to the issue of God again and again and again, sounding like a very strident atheist determined to convert all who listen. I came for the science not his theologic ponderings. Better that he's said more about the science piece and about God, bettter he'd said nothing.


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

    Bill Bryson's style in A Short History of Everything is much more engaging. Krauss could use a bit of self-effacing humour, al la Bryson.


    Could you see A Universe from Nothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, this isn't destined to be a movie.


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    R. Brown 05-11-14
    R. Brown 05-11-14
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    "Should have been titled "Why God Does Not Exist.""

    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.

    23 of 41 people found this review helpful
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    "Science not philosophy"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author purports to offer how the universe could arise from nothing, a question that the reader will likely frame in the philosophical sense. The answer will be presented in the scientific sense of how the universe we see can arise from vacuum. While the description of the physics is well worth the read, there is a seemingly deliberate avoidance of touching the question's philosophical intention.


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    Michael Cole 07-24-17
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    Book was very good and interesting but I was expecting more on the quantum mechanics

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    Underporch 07-14-17
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    "Mind Opening"

    Though math-free and suitable for an audio format, this book requires focus on the part of the listener as Krauss builds his argument. Miss something early on and you will have to go back, either that or take it on faith--which is not the point of this exercise. The reward for full concentration, though, is some very gratifying "Ah-ha!" moments and enough amazement to have made it well worth the effort.

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    Robert E. 06-01-17
    Robert E. 06-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy to listen to Astrophysics update"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this listen, with in depth, yet written with the lay person in mind. It's not in any way dumbed down, but simply made for those of us without degrees in Astrophysics or advanced math to sink our teeth into!

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