A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss

A Universe from Nothing

By Lawrence M. Krauss

  • Publication Date: 2012-01-10
  • Genre: Science & Nature
4 Score: 4 (From 239 Ratings)

Book Overview

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place.

“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?”

One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take 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.

Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.

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Recent Reviews

  • Too advanced

    4
    By porffenton
    The concept is understandable, but the explanation is difficult to understand for non-scientists.
  • A Great Book!

    5
    By DaneCooper
    This book definitely kept me reading. The topic is facinating and the author lays out facts in a way that keeps you wanting to know what’s on the next page. And although it is a very technical topic, this book was written so that the common man (like me) can easily understand what he is saying.
  • Garbage

    1
    By Live4Him818
    A fools book
  • Proof in the pudding

    5
    By johnny on the spot
    Krauss lays out clearly what we actually know. Flights of fancy, personal opinions and discussion on religion all report for duty, but that isn't the meat here. The lesson is that in our human dive to know it all, what is out there - is out there, with or without us and unrelated to our stubborn belief in mathematical beauty or easy answers. The universe doesn't care if we understand or not. While some of the science is hard to swallow, it's the truth, it's happening and if we don't like what we find? As Feynman said, "Go to another universe where the rules are simpler."
  • Somethin for Nothin

    5
    By Dinkerspiel
    Mr. Krauss' book for the most part explained to a layman like me a lot of the intricacies relating to empty space, inflation, relativity and much more. And it was done in an enjoyable format. Two books that compliment his arguments would be Irreligion by John Allen Paulos, a very short but to the point logical presentation against some of the arguments Krauss mentions about reasons to believe, or not believe, in a supreme clockmaker. The second book, The Infinity Puzzle by Frank Close, gives an outstanding presentation of how science got from Bohr to The Higgs particle, presenting all the key players and their contributions.
  • Simply fascinating

    5
    By Hausertime
    Accessible to the layperson, witty prose and a re-framing of the eternal questions make this book a pleasure to read
  • Another great one!

    5
    By kengel214
    I find it hilarious how one reviewer states how Krauss should stick to what he knows and not talk about subjects he knows nothing about (god). As if there is one person on this earth who knows more about that subject than any other, you wouldn't say the same for the tooth fairy, would ya? As far as the content, there aren't many scientists who have the ability to convey their wealth of knowledge to the lay person as Dr Krauss can. A fascinating read. Buy it, read it, and learn your true orgins.
  • Amazing

    5
    By justgettingstarted
    Some of this will definitely require a re-read, but this has truly become the backbone of atheism.
  • A conclusion from nothing!

    2
    By Curt Gordon
    The author offers many exciting and interesting theories about the Universe which are fun to read and ponder. However, he uses his interesting theories in a sophomoric attempt to disprove that God exists. The parts of his book about God are like reading a movie review by a critic who has never seen the movie he is reviewing. The author should stick to what he knows about instead of wandering off into areas he actually knows very little about. His conclusions are meaningless because he obviously has a very limited knowledge base about the subject he is criticizing.
  • Must Read

    5
    By candleinthedark
    Let the philosophers and theologians complain all they want. Krauss does not make the mistake of getting bogged down too much in the philosophical side of "nothing". Instead he concerns himself with the reality of nature and explores how a universes can emerge from empty space. In the process, he gives the reader lots of information on the state of the art of astrophysics. This book contains scientific information. No, it doesn't point to a Creator, but so what? I want to know the true nature of the universe. Thank you Mr. Krauss for making this information accessible to the general public.

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