A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing (2012)

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.

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2 responses to “A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing (2012)

  1. bob green

    There is something rather than nothing because the state of “nothing” is UNSTABLE. Quantum Physics tells us that the state of “nothing” does not stay “nothing” for long. A true nothing means no energy, no space and no time. Nothing is like a sphere of zero radius with nothing around it. Once a quantum event occurs inside this sphere (and it will according to physics) the radius of this sphere expands slightly causing the pressure ratio of the inside pressure to the outside pressure (zero) to be infinite or near infinite. Remember that a number divided by zero is INFINITY. This infinite pressure ratio causes a rapid expansion resulting in the Big Bang explosion. If we put a partially filled balloon in a vacuum chamber, it expands rapidly and bursts since the internal pressure is greater than the external pressure. Inserting this same balloon into a state of true “nothing” is even more explosive. Google and download “The Origin of the Universe – Case Closed” for a simple explanation that anyone can understand – lots of pictures and simple language. The key to understanding creation is knowing that gravity is actually negative energy allowing a creation from nothing where the total energy of the universe is zero. Since the state of “nothing” is unstable, the stuff around us is the result of nature seeking stability. It’s amazing that modern physics says it’s possible for the universe to exist without a creator.

    • Friends of P

      Thanks for this concise abstract of the book, Bob. Krauss’ work gets into the physics of our universe, Einstein’s and others work, other potential dimensions, etc. too. The more we learn more about our universe the more interesting it becomes.

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