A Universe from Nothing Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing 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 Lawrence Krauss s provocative answers to these and other ti

  • Title: A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
  • Author: Lawrence M. Krauss Richard Dawkins
  • ISBN: 9781451624458
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Lawrence Krauss s provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a million viewers The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of relWHERE DID THE UNIVERSE COME FROM WHAT WAS THERE BEFORE IT WHAT WILL THE FUTURE BRING AND FINALLY, WHY IS THERE SOMETHING RATHER THAN NOTHING Lawrence Krauss s provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a million viewers The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it 8217 s the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God As Krauss argues, scientists have, however, historically focused on other, pressing issues 8212 such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the quality of our lives Now, in a cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing With his characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved 8212 and the implications for how it 8217 s going to end It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers as it looks at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way And this knowledge that our universe will be quite different in the future from today has profound implications and directly affects how we live in the present As Richard Dawkins has described it This could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin A fascinating antidote to outmoded philosophical and religious thinking, A Universe from Nothing is a provocative, game changing entry into the debate about the existence of God and everything that exists 8220 Forget Jesus, 8221 Krauss has argued, 8220 the stars died so you could be born 8221

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    1. Krauss has managed to draw an almost perfect normal curve (Bell Curve) with this book as far as engagement and content is concerned. The Start of the CurveIt starts slow by promising us a full whirlwind historic tour from Galileo to CMBR and beyond and takes its own sweet time getting to even Einstein and then dwells on the most known aspects of modern science as if no one has heard of all that before. The RiseThen as I was contemplating postponing the book for some future date, Krauss suddenly [...]

    2. "كون من لاشيء، لماذا هنالك شيء بدلا من لا شيء؟"***عندما يقيس العلماء طاقة أحد عناقيد المجرات، تكون النتيجة أن معظم الكتلة تتمركز في الظلام بين المجرات، حيث الفراغوهذا الفراغ الخالي من الذرات والإشعاع هو ما يطلق المؤلف عليه "لا شيء". وهذا الفراغ يتمدد، والتموجات الكمية شكلت الب [...]

    3. Point/CounterpointA Nice Brief Account Of The Inflation/Ω/Dark Energy ThreadKrauss, who was personally involved in some of the work and knows all the key actors, does a fine job of summarising progress in cosmology over the last fifteen years. The most significant development, needless to say, has been the discovery of Dark Energy. Krauss presents the background and shows why it wasn't quite as unexpected as has often been made out; he was one of the few people to have predicted it, though it s [...]

    4. جهان از کجا اومده؟ قبلش چی بوده؟ بعدش چی میشه؟ چطور از هیچی، چیزی به وجود اومده؟ اینا بیشترین سوالاتی هست که فیلسوف ها و دینداران از آتئیست ها می پرسن. توی این اثر لارنس به بررسی این سوالا می پردازه و بهشون از زاویه دید دینداران و فیلسوف ها جواب میده، بعد سیستم رو به سیستم علمی [...]

    5. One thing is certain, however. The metaphysical 'rule', which is held as an ironclad conviction by those whom I have debated the issue of creation, namely that "out of nothing nothing comes," has no foundation in science. Arguing that it is self-evident, unwavering, and unassailable is like arguing, as Darwin falsely did, when he made the suggestion that the origin of life was beyond the domain of science by building an analogy with the incorrect claim that matter cannot be created or destroyed. [...]

    6. I guess everyone could have predicted that I would give this book 5 stars, if not at least agree with it's theories. Being a forthright atheist and scientist I was bound to love this book right? Well that argument could be made, but I refer you to my ratings for other atheist works such as "The God Delusion", which I must admit deserves a reread and possibly an updated higher score in retrospect, and Hitchens' "God is Not Great" which I thought was relatively poorly argued due to being essential [...]

    7. كون من لا شيء تركني هذا الكتاب بذات الحيرة التي بدأته بها، يبدو العنوان واعداً، كيف يكون هناك كون من لا شيء؟ عندما تمت الإجابة على الأسئلة الكونية والفيزيائية بإعادة كل شيء إلى لحظة الانفجار الكبير، كان السؤال التالي هو كيف ولماذا؟ من أين جاءت المادة التي خلق الكون من انفجار [...]

    8. If you like my review please don't hesitate to like my amazon review too. I appreciate it's a wonderful book.A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss“A Universe from Nothing" is the fascinating book about how are universe came from nothing. Using the latest in scientific knowledge, his expertise and the innate ability to explain very complex topics in accessible manner earns this book five stars. Lawrence Krauss takes us on an exciting voyage of discovery that helps us understand the univ [...]

    9. Description: A wildly popular lecture now on YouTube has attracted almost a million viewers. One question in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it's the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. As Krauss argues, scientists have, however, historically focused on other, more pressing issues such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the quality of o [...]

    10. This is a short, entertaining and informative book, written by a leading cosmologist. Lawrence Krauss describes, step by step, the observational evidence for the expansion of the universe, the existence of dark matter, and dark energy. He clearly describes the differences between a closed, open, and a flat universe, and shows the the reasons why we probably live in a flat universe. I had never understood before reading his explanation, how the spatial scales of variability of the cosmic microwav [...]

    11. As a layperson, I don’t feel qualified to review a scientific book written by a renowned professor of theoretical physics. But here are a few thoughts I had during and after reading this book:Upfront I must confess that I did not fully understand the contents. What, for instance, is a “flat universe”? O.k you can blow up a balloon, and the more you blow it up, the less curvature its surface will have. Fine! But will it ever get totally flat? Just try it. I’ll bet you anything that it wil [...]

    12. I found Krauss’s book totally engaging. His style is challenging but not overwhelming. His arguments for how the universe was created from “nothing” were convincing. The critical term is “nothing”. What nothing is may seem obvious, but Krauss shows us why it isn’t. He takes us back to the very beginning, the Big Bang. How did it start: Quantum fluctuations, false vacuum or just a potentiality? So something if no more than physical rules for the event to originate seem to have existed [...]

    13. 2.5 StarsThe idea of a an Unmoved Mover or better still a First Cause is fascinating. Just to think that everything has a cause(s) which itself has a cause(s) takes one to a journey backward which we may well be ill equipped to take. This book didn't do much in that domain however, but it rather explained our recent understanding of the cosmos and how from "nothingness" (though with quantum fluctuation which makes the whole idea of Krauss' "nothingness" problematic) a whole universe can come int [...]

    14. كون من لا شيء - لورنس كراوس .الفكرة الأساسية للكتاب أكثر من مثيرة للإهتمام تُختصر الفكرة الرئيسية بنشوء الكون من لا شيء أو من فضاء فارغ . وكلتا النظريتان تنتهيان بنفس الشاكلة وإن اختلفت الزمن التي تستغرقها العملية النهائية .هذا الكون نشأ من العدم وإلى العدم مآله.الفكرة بحدّ ذ [...]

    15. Lawrence Krauss's A Universe from Nothing appears to have been done a serious disservice by the author, the editor, or both in that what would otherwise be a decent enough (though not particularly groundbreaking) work of popular science has been press-ganged into the tired ranks of writings on the God Wars. While I haven't yet read a book from either side of this debate that adds anything really worthwhile to a discussion which is largely sophmoric and whose actors seem to spend most of their ti [...]

    16. This book failed short of my expectations. The subject was interesting but its exposition lacked clarity due to inconsistencies of all kinds. Regarding the semantic ones, allow me to paraphrase the author: There is no such thing as 'nothing' because 'nothing' is 'something', namely 'nothing' is 'empty space' that is not really empty but 'a boling brew of virtual particles that we cannot see directly'. And, though nothing can travel faster than c, about 70% of that seemingly empty space, termed a [...]

    17. My understanding of this book perfectly traced the arc of the Big Bang and expanding universe. An initial burst of inspiration followed by a rapid expansion of ideas about quarks, quantum mechanics, general relativity, dark matter and dark energy, and then a sudden reversal and contraction as the book strays from the fascinating early ideas and collapses in a chaotic discussion of how science and reason are not compatible with religious beliefs (anyone who is reading this book is probably alread [...]

    18. 3.5 Stars: Yeah. So. I read this. Or, rather, I listened to it. Which, in hindsight, may not have been the best choice. *insert forced/awkward laugh here* You see, this is not what I expected at all. Well, I take that back. This was what I expected, but the ratios were quite a lot different than I expected. (You know, that whole 'reading summaries' thing I don't do? Probably would have helped there.) My point is that, had I done some research and maybe found out what this book actually was going [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons: 1) Krauss is one of those rare personalities that excel both in science (his successes are well documented) and teaching and by teaching I mean in a seductive (a word Krauss has used and you'll see how his language in the book can be seductive and almost flirty at times), entertaining way. This is something the world desperately needs as we seem to have slipped back as a society (even in places once much more rational like the United States) th [...]

    20. This book surprised me with its readability. I didn't feel like I was an average 5th grader taking a university course in physics ALL the time, although I do admit that somethings were above my head. If I ever want to learn anything outside of my current capability, obviously it's not going to come easy. This was very accessible though."Quantum fluctuations, which otherwise would have been completely invisible, get frozen by inflation and emergy afterward as density fluctuations that produce eve [...]

    21. If you’re looking for free lunch, think big. The universe itself may be the ultimate free lunch.From a scientific point of view, this book is along the same lines as The Grand Design by Stephen Hawking. To summarize the book in two sentences: “In quantum gravity, universes can, and indeed always will, spontaneously appear from nothing. Such universes need not be empty, but can have matter and radiation in them, as long as the total energy, including the negative energy associated with gravit [...]

    22. I actually listened to the audio version of this book, narrated by Krauss. I'd be less than honest if I didn't admit that some of this went over my head, but then again, I haven't devoted my life to the study of physics and the cosmos. That said, I think I can appreciate the basic points being made.Krauss not only presents a sound and compelling case for the Big Bang Theory, but he also explains how something really can come from nothing (which is really something, btw), a concept that makes my [...]

    23. As a non-scientist, I found many moments of "oh, that is what I didn't quite understand" from previous reading in physics and cosmology. That said, there were also times when I simply did not quite understand the complexities that Krauss was explicating. It was a book that I was sad to finishally liked it. He takes us on a clear, guided journey around the issues of "nothing"at which we cannot see in the universe, but through the laws of physics and math is actually measurable, in a theoretical s [...]

    24. This book pauses with sufficient frequency during its romp through science from particle physics to astrophysics to take pokes at theistic religion to make it clear that the author's intention is to cast a shot across the bow of "God of the gaps" thinking which seeks refuge in the question, "Why there is something rather than nothing." The author explains that phenomenal progress has been made in the past century that has brought us to the cusp of operationally addressing questions regarding ori [...]

    25. I found this book very frustrating. In the first place, Krauss spends far too much time God-bashing, instead of just sticking to the science. Fine, he doesn't believe that God created the universe, but there's absolutely no good reason to even bring it into a discussion of how our universe has been created from nothing.In any case, ultimately, his arguments seem no better than a belief in a supreme being as creator. Krauss waves his hands and tells us that most of the universe consists of "Dark [...]

    26. the baked-in problem is that this explanation of how 'something' can emerge from 'nothing' must accept that 'nothing' operates by laws of quantum gravity. is this truly 'nothing'? shit, i dunno. krauss touches on this as admirably as possible. but i guess i should also throw quotations around 'possible', eh? and there's the problem.

    27. This book is amazing. I listened to it as an audiobook that was read by the author himself. It is about 5 hours and 30 minutes in length.A Universe From Nothing was written by Krauss to expand on a talk he gave in a lecture in 2009 under the same title (youtube/watch?v=7Imvl). The lecture is about one hour long is absolutely worth watching (I watched it after finishing the book, but I think it would be better to watch it before). The title is of course shocking, how the hell can a whole universe [...]

    28. "Universe From Nothing" is a thought-provoking book, detailing how science has went about discovering the origins of the universe. Krauss' subject matter is derived from the observable experiments and Data supporting the theory that the universe was created due to the big bang, which itself arose out of a state of rapid quantum fluctuations - from nothing.Along with educating the reader on how the rigorous testing of evidence supports the theory that the universe sprang from nothing, Krauss find [...]

    29. A great book outlining the history of cosmology. I found it got a little hard to follow near the end, but cleared up for a satisfying conclusion. It regularly hints at Krauss' atheism, which although is perfectly justified I feel may alienate agnostic or theistic readers. I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody who has no interest in physics whatsoever, as you'll be introduced to new concepts that require a bit of thinking. If, however, you are a science enthusiast of any kind, this book is a [...]

    30. it was really helpful to learn quantum physics and universe, but sometimes I felt that the questions didn't be answered very clear, maybe because of the answers were difficult to understand.Generally, the explanation of experiments was very goooooo Ood DDD.)))everybody should read this book

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