A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Book - 2012/01/10
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"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 isit 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.
"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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012/01/10
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451624458
Branch Call Number: 523.18 KRA
Characteristics: 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Apr 05, 2019

This book requires you to think about what you are reading, to take your time to absorb one bit before going forward. Krauss does a good job of explaining complex concepts in language for the layman, but even with that going for the reader, there is much that needs careful thought. I am not a physicist in any universe but was able to follow the initial information but then got bogged down with trying to imagine a boiling space with bubbles containing many different universes (universii?), one of which is ours. The concept of no boundary to space eludes and unnerves me. Probably my lack of any physics background hindered me in comprehending the total argument Krauss gives at the end for there being no supreme being necessary to create our universe, or space as a whole. Like many, I am just not capable of thinking in such alien-to-me ways. We humans are conditioned to think in beginning and end, inside and outside, linear, concrete terms, and this book presents concepts that require a whole shift in that thought.

Mar 29, 2018

Krauss does an excellent job addressing the argument that "if there is a potential to create something, then that is not a true state of nothingness." If that's a requirement for the definition of "nothing" then our existence would preclude it. He makes it clear that invoking God does not resolve this apparent dilemma.

Ultimately if the omniverse (all universes) is infinite, then there is no beginning nor end of "everything" to be resolved. The omniverse just IS. It is simply the way that humans experience time as seemingly "flowing" that causes us to seek an answer to a question that ultimately has no meaning.

Krauss does however attempt to answer meaningful questions. For example: Can something arise from a state with no time, no space, no matter, and no energy? The answer is not only yes it can, but yes it must.

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

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