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A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: January 2012

Duration: 5 hours 34 minutes

Summary:

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?

Krauss answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture 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 its the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. Scientists have, however, historically focused on more pressing issues such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which could help us to improve our quality of life.

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

With his characteristic wry humor and clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting recent evidence for how our universe evolved and the implications for how it will 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 has profound consequences and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins described it, this could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.

Afterword by Richard Dawkins, Simon Vance.

Nothing is not nothing. Nothing is something. Thats how a cosmos can be spawned from the void a profound idea conveyed in A Universe from Nothing that unsettles some yet enlightens others. Meanwhile, its just another day on the job for physicist Lawrence Krauss. Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

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  • Amber button

    Very interesting and thoughtful book. A great read if you are on the fence about your religion.

  • Steve Heller

    The science presented is both fascinating and intellectually simulating, yet it is presented clearly and comprehensibly so as to be understood by those of us who are higher-math challenged. However, the information is presented in a mix of self-absorbed True Stories of Real Scientists, in which we learn that only scientists--and probably only theoretical physicists live lives of meaning as they "courageously" seek the truth of reality. (A tenured academic courageous?--give me a break.) Also the author seems to have a hobby of debating theologians and other believers as to whether God is necessary for creation. (The author says no.) All well and good--it's a free country, and he presents some compelling arguments. However, at one point in the book he states in passing that he hopes he is not beating a dead horse as he again claims that the empirical evidence does not require a supernatural creator. Larry, let me tell you--by the time this book is finished, Old Dobbin is glue.