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
Branch Call Number: 523.18 KRAUSS
Characteristics: xix, 202 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Feb 14, 2018

The main theme for this book is how we got our universe from absolutely nothing at all, but I find that the explanation is not fully satisfactory. Is “nothing” the vacuum of space itself evacuated of all material substances but still having “vacuum” energy? If that is so, wouldn’t the vacuum energy be “something” after all? Can the universe expand into that nothing but that nothing not be something otherwise what would it expand into?
The author, a well-known cosmologist, does a wonderful job of explaining the current state of the universe, sometimes a bit difficult to follow, but leaves me in doubt about what he really considers “nothing.” He goes into multiverses, multiple universes, but this still takes away from the point of how everything we can observe came about in the first place.
Recommended to read if you want to know what the foremost thinking on how our universe evolved, but come away feeling that the answer to the question “Why is there anything at all” has not been fully resolved.

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.

May 08, 2015

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

Mar 11, 2015

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

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.

Oct 04, 2013

Multiverse proponent.

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.

Feb 25, 2013

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

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.

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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