A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
The internationally renowned cosmologist and author of the best-selling The Physics of Star Trek shares provocative and revelatory answers to such philosophical conundrums as the origins of the universe and how everything is going to end, offering scientific explanations about the immense process through which life evolved.

Baker
& Taylor

Shares provocative and revelatory answers to such philosophical conundrums as the origins of the universe and how it will end, offering scientific explanations about the immense process through which life evolved.

Simon and Schuster
“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?”

Lawrence Krauss’s provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have 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. As Krauss argues, scientists have, however, historically focused on other, more pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the quality of our lives.

Now, in a cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

With his characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers 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 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 supernaturalism since Darwin.

A fascinating antidote to outmoded philosophical and religious thinking, A Universe from Nothing is a provocative, game-changing entry into the debate about the existence of God and everything that exists. “Forget Jesus,” Krauss has argued, “the stars died so you could be born.”

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781451624458
145162445X
Branch Call Number: 523.18 K868u
Characteristics: xix, 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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SeattleSaul
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.

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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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