Creating a narrative that delves into the cutting-edge of cosmology and is engaging, simple to grasp, and educational seems like a difficult task. Avoiding the technical and mathematical can often limit a work’s ideas and glance over matters in a cursory way. A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing does a terrific job of maintaining lay-terms and avoiding math-ese. Many of the concepts force us to reevaluate how we view time, infinity, creation, definitions of something/nothing, and so much more. Krauss’ book follows scientific discoveries throughout the ages and paints a picture of concepts and theories trying to explain matter, space-time, and the immensity of the cosmos. In the end, engaging the questions can be even more fulfilling than the answers.
While I think Why Does E=mc2?: (And Why Should We Care?) covers more territory and explains origins of the universe and physical laws more thoroughly, Lawrence Krauss’ book is valuable if you’d rather avoid theorems and the science nitty-gritty. However, if you really want to understandt the inflation of the universe, time before and after the big bang, and/or our universe accelerating into nothingness: you’ll have to get your hands a bit dirtier.