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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.

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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)

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Reality is greater than superstition

this book is phenomenal! it comes out blazing and keeps your attention the entire.

Krauss masterfully articulates how the universe works by taking a topic such as quantum physics and beautifully relating it for the lay person's understanding. He does this without dumbing down the content to add to his credibility.

Krauss powerfully communicates how the cosmos operates with our current limited understanding and takes you step by step through a journey of discovering how something can come from nothing.

if you are someone who values facts and reality over beliefs and superstition then this book is for you!

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Mind expanding.

Knowing the book was read by the author himself enhances the experience. A fascinating glimpse at the possible death of the Prim Mover.

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Don't Read the Book Expecting Actual Answers

I've seen the author on YouTube videos of the panels he was on - usually slouching low in the chair with a grin on his face...

So the author, after taking us through a lot of good relevant science, makes the 'best guess' one can according to current scientific theory, though the 'answers' are still speculative and nebulous (which is why he did not spend too much time actually 'answering').

It is a good book on the current state of the relevant sciences.

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Beautifully put

This book very simply and elegantly describes our current understanding of the universe.

There is a lot of theory involved, but it's sheds some light on some highly abstract concepts.

For people who love cosmology and are interested in out place in the universe would love this book.

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Good but...

Lawrence Krauss is a much better writer than reader. If weird pauses and intonation break an audiobook for you then be warned.

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Good but limited

actually good presentation but really a form more of pantheism than straight physics. but despite lack of scope it presents a nice overview of physics.

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Great read

I would recommend this book to anybody on the planet. Religious or not you may have asked yourself a lot of these questions gone over in this book but this isn't an answer. It just helps you more understand the question that is you are asking.

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Excellent thanks

Strange how the ideas presented have crossed my mind countless times and countless ways. Truly eye opening.

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That which comes from nothing returns to nothing

This book blew my mind and my imagination. As an animator and science lover I was very impressed with comprehensive the subject matter is. My imagination sparked as he spoke about the future of our universe as well as the possible other universes. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn, whether they are science literate or not. After all your brain is most happy when it learns something new.

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Completely addicting, finished it in 3 days

fascinated by his description of the universe, couldn't stop listening and will definitely relisten again