A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

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Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved--and the implications for how it's going to end.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781451624458
145162445X
Branch Call Number: 523.18 K8688U 2012
Characteristics: xix, 202 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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spanxds
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.

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SeattleSaul
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.

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woberu
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.

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dgranrath
May 08, 2015

Thought provoking book with the latest thinking on the creation of our universe

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FrancoPasqualini99
Mar 11, 2015

Nice short read -he is able to explain abstract concepts succinctly and paint a picture. Recommend.

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aaronwriterguy
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.

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msummers57
Oct 04, 2013

Multiverse proponent.

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op_ed
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.

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naturalist
Feb 25, 2013

"The universe may be the ultimate free lunch." Stephen Hawking

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rationallady
Feb 21, 2013

While only 191 pages, you will read them slowly. It's the best astrophysics book I've read for awhile. It gives the best current scientific explanation for why there is something instead of nothing. A great segue from this book is "Why Does the World Exist" by Jim Holt, a philosophical look at a myriad of explanations. I'm unconvinced by all of them and so remain an agnostic.

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