A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing

Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Book - 2013
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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 : Atria Paperback, 2013
Characteristics: xxix, 202 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Edition: First Atria books trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781451624465 (pbk.)
1451624468 (pbk.)
9781451624458
145162445X
Call Number: 523.18 KRAUSS

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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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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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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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DocForster
Jul 22, 2012

A great book with interesting concepts and comparisons of different types of universes. Some repetition between different chapters, and several opportunities to get lost or confused, but overall a highly recommended read.

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catslib
Feb 07, 2012

Nothing x Nobody = Everything

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PatEe
Feb 06, 2012

Bah, humbug.
A lot of hot air about nothing at all.
But the author thinks he is a genius.
A lot of self serving grandeur here.
No doubt he will nominate himself for a Nobel Prize.

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