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

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 10, 2012 - Science - 224 pages
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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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Krauss has written a book for the lay reader about the latest developments in theoretical physics, explaining how the big bang was created from nothing, and has gone onto create all the things that ... Read full review

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I won't go into any detail, as there are plenty of other reviews that give more of an overview. My only comment, and it's difficult to say this without being snarky or sarcastic, is that Krause simply ... Read full review

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Contents

Beginnings 1
1
Weighing the Universe 23
23
Light from the Beginning of Time
39
Much Ado About Nothing
55
The Runaway Universe
75
The Free Lunch at the End of the Universe
91
Our Miserable Future
105
A Grand Accident?
121
Nothing Is Something
141
Nothing Is Unstable
153
Brave New Worlds
171
Epilogue
181
Afterword by Richard Dawkins
187
Index
193
QA with the Author
205
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Lawrence Krauss, a renowned theoretical physicist, is the president of The Origins Project Foundation and host of the Origins Podcast. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and nine books—including the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek—and the recipient of numerous international awards for his research and writing. Hailed by Scientific American as a “rare scientific public intellectual,” he is also a regular columnist for newspapers and magazines and appears frequently on radio and television.

Richard Dawkins is a Fellow of the Royal Society and was the inaugural holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University. He is the acclaimed author of many books including The Selfish Gene, Climbing Mount Improbable, Unweaving the Rainbow, The Ancestor’s Tale, The God Delusion, and The Greatest Show on Earth. Visit him at RichardDawkins.net.

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