A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Book - 2012
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"Authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved--and the implications for how it's going to end"--Provided by publisher.
"Internationally known theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the most basic philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? And how is it all going to end? Why is there something rather than nothing?" is asked of anyone who says there is no God. Yet this is not so much a philosophical or religious question as it is a question about the natural world--and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer. Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: Not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With his wonderfully clear arguments and wry humor, pioneering physicist Lawrence Krauss explains how in this fascinating antidote to outmoded philosophical and religious thinking. As he puts it in his entertaining video of the same title, which has received over 675,000 hits, "Forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be born." A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved--and the implications for how it's going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look 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 from today has profound implications and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins has described it: This could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for atheism since Darwin"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451624458
145162445X
Branch Call Number: 523.18 KRAUSS
Characteristics: xix, 202 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

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woberu
Aug 04, 2015

The first part of the book is a good summary of what is known to date. However, Krauss then enters into philosophy/ pseudo-science in the last part of the book. He does "believe" in something eternal and invisible - but its the multiverse.

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dgranrath
May 08, 2015

Thought provoking book with the latest thinking on the creation of our universe

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FrancoPasqualini99
Mar 11, 2015

Nice short read -he is able to explain abstract concepts succinctly and paint a picture. Recommend.

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aaronwriterguy
Oct 28, 2014

This book is very well written and worth reading whether you agree or disagree with the author's claims about a Creator. For my part I would recommend reading the NY TImes reviewer above if you feel there is something wrong with Krauss' claim, but don't doubt the validity of his science.

Still, I cannot stress this enough, this book is a good book and Krauss should be taken seriously.

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msummers57
Oct 04, 2013

Multiverse proponent.

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op_ed
Sep 07, 2013

Well written and engaging. This book is an excellent counter to the notion that there had to be some kind of god thing to get it all started.

A good starting place for inquiring minds.

Does not need a math background to follow.

When you finish this one, go find some of Richard Dawkins' books, to open your mind a bit further.

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naturalist
Feb 25, 2013

"The universe may be the ultimate free lunch." Stephen Hawking

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rationallady
Feb 21, 2013

While only 191 pages, you will read them slowly. It's the best astrophysics book I've read for awhile. It gives the best current scientific explanation for why there is something instead of nothing. A great segue from this book is "Why Does the World Exist" by Jim Holt, a philosophical look at a myriad of explanations. I'm unconvinced by all of them and so remain an agnostic.

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DocForster
Jul 22, 2012

A great book with interesting concepts and comparisons of different types of universes. Some repetition between different chapters, and several opportunities to get lost or confused, but overall a highly recommended read.

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rburnet94
Jun 24, 2012

A little hard to grasp at first, and a bit of a dragger, but in the end an eye opener for science laypeople, and an all around decent read. His concept of nothing isn't actually nothing at all, but empty space, pure geometry. His argument for creation ex nihilo comes from the fact that in a complete vacuum, virtual particles pop in and out of existence from nothing, since their net energy during that miniscule time-frame of existence is zero, and that the entire universe can come into existence, so long as its net energy is zero (much like those virtual particles). That's all he really needed to say, but instead he goes on about forgetful concepts and explanations that just make reading the book quite a drag. Although the science behind the book and philosophical implications of what he writes makes the book a decent read, despite the apparent babbling.

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