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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (Jan. 10 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145162445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451624458
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2012
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This is the third recent popular physics book about the origins of the universe (the other two were written by Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene). Each one is written in a slightly different style and theoretical/empirical approach. All are good, but I liked Krauss' book the least. Mainly because, as I said in my title, this book spends too much time talking about religion. The book is based on a popular Youtube lecture that Krauss gave, so if you've seen it (I haven't) this should be the same material expanded to slightly greater depth.

Krauss is out to demonstrate that there is no need to invoke a creator of the universe. Modern physics has advanced to the point where we can now make reasonable hypotheses about the origins of the universe. Krauss spends the first 50-60% of the book discussing the current state of cosmological physics, which is quite impressive. In a nutshell, the meeting of quantum mechanics with general relativity is allowing physicists to make reasonable estimates about the origins of the universe. Krauss admirably cites the mountain of evidence supporting the Big Bang theory and the current state of the universe. Some of the evidence is quite remarkable in how well it fits theory. It certainly wasn't preordained that it would- only careful and clever observations and tests have shown it to be very likely true. What's more, it seems that the data needed to test the Big Bang theory is only available in the early years of the universe, in which we currently live. Trillions of years in the future, if current theory is correct, it will be impossible for any sentient beings to discover the Big Bang and other processes because the universe's expansion will have hidden the data.
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By MHardy on July 3 2014
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Interesting physics to appeal to the young. Book well packed and made nice Xmas present.
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I fear that the reputation of scientist-authors is still colored by ignorance based on laziness. People who commit their entire lives to beliefs including the idea that they were created in God's image (etc.) by simple logic, ought to be eager to use their Godly mental capacity to expand understanding of the universe. But the ideas that seem to confront their own are treated as threats and competition. There is no spiritual grounds for this. I suggest that "believers" take a few big bites into the other ways of looking at things. Their beliefs are not likely to be changed but their gullibility will be changed.
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Entertaining read that unfolds quickly. After a brief overview of the physics that lead up to this point the book goes
on to discuss Dark Energy. You remember Dark Matter - now it's Dark Energy. What the author elaborates is very
understandable. The book was generated from various speeches , discussions and/or debates the author has taken
part in. This process has enabled the book to be an excellent distillation and summary of the above occasions.
Highly recommended. Even if you don't read/understand physics , you will get this , and be amazed and entertained in
the process.
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By Stephen Pletko TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 24 2013
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"The purpose of this book is simple. I want to show how modern science...can address and is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing. The answers that have been obtained--from...experimental observations, as well as from the theories that underlie much of modern physics--all suggest that getting something is not a problem. Indeed, something from nothing may have been REQUIRED for the universe to come into being."

The above comes from this extremely interesting book by Lawrence Krauss. He is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department at Arizona State University, as well as Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist. He is the recipient of numerous international awards for his prolific research and writing, and is the only physicist to receive awards from all three major U.S. physics societies.

As can be deduced from the quote above, this book answers the following question or "theological chestnut:"

"Why is there something rather than nothing?"

So as to properly answer this question, the initial chapters reviews our modern scientific picture of the universe, its history, and its possible future, as well as operational descriptions of what "nothing" might actually be.

It is not until late in the book that all this empirical evidence is put together to answer the question posed above.

What Krauss does first is to put this question in a form that science can answer, namely:

"HOW is there something rather than nothing?"

Then he defines CLEARLY exactly what "nothing" is.
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When I started reading this book I thought it would be over my head but I kept going for some reason. Think Lawrence Krauss has anticipated us usual people and has done all that can be done to explain the universe. After half way through I kept going a page or two at a time and kept being drawn into it. He is a self proclaimed atheist, I knew this from the beginning. It might be hard to accept the standard concept of God as there does not seem to be a place for God or heaven in his scientific approach. It is very interesting.
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