Dimensions: 224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 in
Published: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 145162445X
ISBN - 13: 9781451624458
About the Book
A provocative account of the astounding new answers to the most basic philosophical questions: Where did the universe come from and how will it end?
Read from the Book
PREFACE Dream or nightmare, we have to live our experience as it is, and we have to live it awake. We live in a world which is penetrated through and through by science and which is both whole and real. We cannot turn it into a game simply by taking sides. —JACOB BRONOWSKI In the interests of full disclosure right at the outset I must admit that I am not sympathetic to the conviction that creation requires a creator, which is at the basis of all of the world’s religions. Every day beautiful and miraculous objects suddenly appear, from snowflakes on a cold winter morning to vibrant rainbows after a late-afternoon summer shower. Yet no one but the most ardent fundamentalists would suggest that each and every such object is lovingly and painstakingly and, most important, purposefully created by a divine intelligence. In fact, many laypeople as well as scientists revel in our ability to explain how snowflakes and rainbows can spontaneously appear, based on simple, elegant laws of physics. Of course, one can ask, and many do, “Where do the laws of physics come from?” as well as more suggestively, “Who created these laws?” Even if one can answer this first query, the petitioner will then often ask, “But where did that come from?” or “Who created that?” and so on. Ultimately, many thoughtful people are driven to the apparent need for First Cause, as Plato, Aquinas, or the modern Roman Catholic Church might put it, and there
From the Publisher
"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 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 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-and the implications for how it'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. "Forget Jesus," Krauss has argued, "the
stars died so you could be born."
About the Author
Richard Dawkins writes about such topics as DNA and genetic engineering, virtual reality, astronomy, and evolution. Dawkins was educated at Oxford University and taught zoology at the University of California and Oxford University, holding the position of the Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science. He is a member of the International Academy of Humanism. Dawkins' books include The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype, The Blind Watchmaker, River Out of Eden, and Climbing Mount Improbable. His newest book, entitled The God Delusion, shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children. Dawkins supports his points with historical and contemporary evidence.
"People always say you can''t get something from nothing. Thankfully, Lawrence Krauss didn''t listen. In fact, something big happens to you during this book about cosmic nothing, and before you can help it, your mind will be expanding as rapidly as the early universe."