A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

Krauss, Lawrence M.
Atria 2012
ISBN 978-1-4516-2446-5
191pp
Date finished: 2013-03-27

A survey of the current frontiers of cosmology: dark matter, dark energy, inflationary theories, the near-flat curvature of the universe. Krauss ties these into an explicitly atheistic argument. There's long been a God-of-the-gaps used to explain whatever we currently don't understand. Darwin's evolution explained one gap, how species arose, so the God-of-the-gaps retreated to the origin of life, the origin of the universe, and the reason for the laws of physics. Krauss is explicitly going after the latter two gaps, arguing that inflation results in enormous amounts of space being created and that the laws of physics vary across different spaces.

Krauss presents some astonishing ideas -- that the inflation that gave rise to our universe is still going on somewhere, that the fractions of light elements tightly constrains our Big Bang theories, and that in billions or trillions of year it will be impossible to discover the nature of the universe. But they're presented in such flat prose that I found the book unmotivating and something of a slog. Even though it's only 191 pages long, I read two and a half other books while reading A Universe From Nothing chapter by chapter. I should have liked this book, but mostly didn't.

Tagged: astronomy, physics

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%S Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
%A Krauss, Lawrence M.
%K physics, astronomy
%@ 2013-03-27
%D 2012
%I Atria
%G ISBN 978-1-4516-2446-5
%P 191pp

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