A Universe From Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss

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Where, for starters, are the laws of quantum mechanics themselves supposed to have come from? Krauss is more or less upfront, as it turns out, about not having a clue about that.
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Lawrence M. Krauss

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Lawrence M. Krauss is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. 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.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Atria Books. 226 pages
Genres: History, Other, Law & Philosophy, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Nov 01 2011

A thoughtful, challenging book—but not for the faint of heart or those not willing to read carefully.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Nov 14 2011

Readers interested in the evolution of the universe will find Krauss’s account lively and humorous as well as informative.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by David Albert on Mar 23 2012

Where, for starters, are the laws of quantum mechanics themselves supposed to have come from? Krauss is more or less upfront, as it turns out, about not having a clue about that.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Dennis Overbye on Feb 20 2012

There is a deeper nothing in which even the laws of physics are absent. . .Krauss, unhappily in my view, resorts to the newest and most controversial toy in the cosmologist’s toolbox: the multiverse. . .almost anything goes.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Ray Jayawardhana on Feb 17 2012

A Universe From Nothing is not always an easy read – unless you are a science buff familiar with some of the lingo and the ideas...

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Ray Jayawardhana on Feb 17 2012

The author does not shy away from tackling complex physical concepts, and often finds clever ways to illustrate them.

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AV Club

Excellent
Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Jan 25 2012

But as bizarre as the spontaneous creation and destruction of particles might seem, Krauss argues that there’s scientific proof of the phenomenon, which makes it better than any creation myth.

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Financial Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Manjit Kumar on Mar 09 2012

. . .few have gone so far, and none so eloquently, in exploring why it is unnecessary to invoke God to light the blue touchpaper and set the universe in motion.

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Mother Jones

Excellent
Reviewed by Tim McDonnell on Jan 06 2012

. . .the concepts are articulated clearly, and the thrill of discovery is contagious.

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CBC News

Excellent
Reviewed by Richard Handler on May 22 2012

. . .Krauss is nothing if not cheerfully audacious.

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Ars Technica

Below average
Reviewed by Diana Gitig on Mar 04 2012

In 2009, Krauss gave a lecture entitled "A Universe from Nothing". . .His book is essentially a transcript of the talk. . .But the talk loses something in translation.

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First Things

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Reviewed by Edward Feser

His book is like a pamphlet titled How to Make a Million Dollars in One Week that turns out to be a counterfeiter’s manual.

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The Catholic World Report

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Reviewed by William Carroll on Apr 10 2012

The desire to separate the natural sciences from the alleged contamination of the “word games” of philosophy and theology is not new; now, as always, it reveals an impoverished philosophical judgment.

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The Gainesville Sun

Excellent
Reviewed by Ann Levin on Jan 29 2012

Krauss is genuinely in awe of the "wondrously strange" nature of our physical world, and his enthusiasm is infectious.

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Reasons to Believe

Below average
Reviewed by Hugh Ross on Apr 09 2012

. . .I would highly recommend Krauss’ book if he had stopped at chapter six. It is the rest of the book that I find troubling.

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United Academics

Excellent
Reviewed by Anouk Vleugels on Feb 02 2012

As Richard Dawkins has described it: This could potentially be the most important scientific book with the most implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.

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Talking Philosophy

Good
Reviewed by Victor Stenger on Apr 18 2012

. . . Krauss’s book is a good introduction to the latest in cosmology suitable for a layperson.

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The Dispersal of Darwin

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Reviewed by Michael Barton on Feb 28 2012

Krauss provides a quote from Darwin at the beginning of chapter 5. . .Later, Krauss uses this quote again, and unfortunately it is used poorly. . .

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Dealing With Creationism In Astronomy

Good
Reviewed by Tom Bridgman on Jan 14 2012

While written for a very general audience interested in a quick review of modern cosmology, and how we got there, I found the book an enjoyable read.

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Tuesday Afternoon

Good
Reviewed by Andy Burke on Jan 13 2012

Krauss discusses, as the title suggests, how the universe could have come from nothing. . .Krauss. . .makes a slam dunk.

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