A Universe from Nothing

A Universe from Nothing
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 202
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 145162445X
ISBN 13: 9781451624458
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Universe from Nothing Book Review:

Shares provocative and revelatory answers to such philosophical conundrums as the origins of the universe and how it will end, offering scientific explanations about the immense process through which life evolved.

A Universe from Nothing

A Universe from Nothing
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-01-10
ISBN 10: 1451624476
ISBN 13: 9781451624472
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Universe from Nothing Book Review:

Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “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?” One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take 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. Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.

A Universe From Nothing

A Universe From Nothing
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-09-13
ISBN 10: 1471112691
ISBN 13: 9781471112690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Universe From Nothing Book Review:

Internationally renowned theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss offers provocative, revelatory answers to the biggest philosophical questions: Where did our universe come from? Why does anything exist? And how is it all going to end? 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is the question atheists and scientists are always asked, and until now there has not been a satisfying scientific answer. Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing. A mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning, A Universe from Nothing authoritatively presents the most recent evidence that explains how our universe evolved - and the implications for how it's going to end. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers to look at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. In the words of Richard Dawkins: this could potentially be the most important scientific book since Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far

The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-03-21
ISBN 10: 1476777616
ISBN 13: 9781476777610
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far Book Review:

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist, New York Times bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing, and passionate advocate for reason, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world of reality—a grand poetic vision of nature—and how we find our place within it. In the beginning there was light. But more than this, there was gravity. After that, all hell broke loose… In A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how our entire universe could arise from nothing. Now, he reveals what that something—reality—is. And, reality is not what we think or sense—it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive; it’s hidden beneath everyday experience; and its inner workings seem even stranger than the idea that something can come from nothing. In a landmark, unprecedented work of scientific history, Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable, creative scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality—with reason rather than superstition and dogma. Krauss has himself been an active participant in this effort, and he knows many of them well. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that “God” does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken—to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction.

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great Discoveries)

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great Discoveries)
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-03-21
ISBN 10: 9780393080544
ISBN 13: 0393080544
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (Great Discoveries) Book Review:

"A worthy addition to the Feynman shelf and a welcome follow-up to the standard-bearer, James Gleick's Genius." —Kirkus Reviews Perhaps the greatest physicist of the second half of the twentieth century, Richard Feynman changed the way we think about quantum mechanics, the most perplexing of all physical theories. Here Lawrence M. Krauss, himself a theoretical physicist and a best-selling author, offers a unique scientific biography: a rollicking narrative coupled with clear and novel expositions of science at the limits. From the death of Feynman’s childhood sweetheart during the Manhattan Project to his reluctant rise as a scientific icon, we see Feynman’s life through his science, providing a new understanding of the legacy of a man who has fascinated millions.

The Grand Design

The Grand Design
Author: Stephen Hawking,Leonard Mlodinow
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2010-09-07
ISBN 10: 0553907077
ISBN 13: 9780553907070
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Grand Design Book Review:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER When and how did the universe begin? Why are we here? What is the nature of reality? Is the apparent “grand design” of our universe evidence of a benevolent creator who set things in motion—or does science offer another explanation? In this startling and lavishly illustrated book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about these and other abiding mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by brilliance and simplicity. According to quantum theory, the cosmos does not have just a single existence or history. The authors explain that we ourselves are the product of quantum fluctuations in the early universe, and show how quantum theory predicts the “multiverse”—the idea that ours is just one of many universes that appeared spontaneously out of nothing, each with different laws of nature. They conclude with a riveting assessment of M-theory, an explanation of the laws governing our universe that is currently the only viable candidate for a “theory of everything”: the unified theory that Einstein was looking for, which, if confirmed, would represent the ultimate triumph of human reason.

The Physics of Star Trek

The Physics of Star Trek
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2007-08-02
ISBN 10: 0465008631
ISBN 13: 9780465008636
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Physics of Star Trek Book Review:

What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered “could this really happen?” will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story
Author: Jim Holt
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2012-07-16
ISBN 10: 0871403277
ISBN 13: 9780871403278
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story Book Review:

The Washington Post Notable Non-Fiction of 2013 “I can imagine few more enjoyable ways of thinking than to read this book.”—Sarah Bakewell, New York Times Book Review, front-page review Tackling the “darkest question in all of philosophy” with “raffish erudition” (Dwight Garner, New York Times), author Jim Holt explores the greatest metaphysical mystery of all: why is there something rather than nothing? This runaway bestseller, which has captured the imagination of critics and the public alike, traces our latest efforts to grasp the origins of the universe. Holt adopts the role of cosmological detective, traveling the globe to interview a host of celebrated scientists, philosophers, and writers, “testing the contentions of one against the theories of the other” (Jeremy Bernstein, Wall Street Journal). As he interrogates his list of ontological culprits, the brilliant yet slyly humorous Holt contends that we might have been too narrow in limiting our suspects to God versus the Big Bang. This “deft and consuming” (David Ulin, Los Angeles Times) narrative humanizes the profound questions of meaning and existence it confronts.

The Book of Nothing

The Book of Nothing
Author: John D. Barrow
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2009-05-20
ISBN 10: 0307554813
ISBN 13: 9780307554819
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Book of Nothing Book Review:

What conceptual blind spot kept the ancient Greeks (unlike the Indians and Maya) from developing a concept of zero? Why did St. Augustine equate nothingness with the Devil? What tortuous means did 17th-century scientists employ in their attempts to create a vacuum? And why do contemporary quantum physicists believe that the void is actually seething with subatomic activity? You’ll find the answers in this dizzyingly erudite and elegantly explained book by the English cosmologist John D. Barrow. Ranging through mathematics, theology, philosophy, literature, particle physics, and cosmology, The Book of Nothing explores the enduring hold that vacuity has exercised on the human imagination. Combining high-wire speculation with a wealth of reference that takes in Freddy Mercury and Shakespeare alongside Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Stephen Hawking, the result is a fascinating excursion to the vanishing point of our knowledge. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Strange New Worlds

Strange New Worlds
Author: Ray Jayawardhana
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2013-04-21
ISBN 10: 1400846544
ISBN 13: 9781400846542
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Strange New Worlds Book Review:

In Strange New Worlds, renowned astronomer Ray Jayawardhana brings news from the front lines of the epic quest to find planets--and alien life--beyond our solar system. Only in the past two decades, after millennia of speculation, have astronomers begun to discover planets around other stars--thousands in fact. Now they are closer than ever to unraveling distant twins of the Earth. In this book, Jayawardhana vividly recounts the stories of the scientists and the remarkable breakthroughs that have ushered in this extraordinary age of exploration. He describes the latest findings--including his own--that are challenging our view of the cosmos and casting new light on the origins and evolution of planets and planetary systems. He reveals how technology is rapidly advancing to support direct observations of Jupiter-like gas giants and super-Earths--rocky planets with several times the mass of our own planet--and how astronomers use biomarkers to seek possible life on other worlds. Strange New Worlds provides an insider's look at the cutting-edge science of today's planet hunters, our prospects for discovering alien life, and the debates and controversies at the forefront of extrasolar-planet research. In a new afterword, Jayawardhana explains some of the most recent developments as we search for the first clues of life on other planets.

Quintessence

Quintessence
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Arrow
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2001
ISBN 10: 9780099422280
ISBN 13: 009942228X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quintessence Book Review:

Will the universe continue to expand forever, reverse its expansion and begin to contract, or reach a delicately poised state where it simply persists forever? The answer depends on the amount and properties of matter in the universe, and that has given rise to one of the great paradoxes of modern cosmology; there is too little visible matter to account for the behaviour we can see. Over 90 percent of the universe consists of 'missing mass' or 'dark matter' -what Lawrence Krauss, in his classic book, termed "the fifth essence".In this new edition of The Fifth Essence, retitled Quintessence after the now widely accepted term for dark matter, Krauss shows how the dark matter problem is now connected with two of the hottest areas in recent cosmology- the fate of the universe and the "cosmological constant." With a new introduction, epilogue and chapter updates, Krauss updates his classic and shares one of the most stunning discoveries of recent years- an antigravity force that explains recent observations of a permanently expanding universe.

Hiding in the Mirror

Hiding in the Mirror
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 277
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780143038023
ISBN 13: 0143038028
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hiding in the Mirror Book Review:

Draws on the works of scientists, mathematicians, artists, and writers, from Einstein and Picasso to C. S. Lewis, to consider the plausibility and human concept of alternate universes, exploring popular theories and misunderstandings about such topics as black holes, life in other dimensions, and string theory. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.

The Lightness of Being

The Lightness of Being
Author: Frank Wilczek
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 292
Release: 2009-03-25
ISBN 10: 0786731680
ISBN 13: 9780786731688
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Lightness of Being Book Review:

Our understanding of nature's deepest reality has changed radically, but almost without our noticing, over the past twenty-five years. Transcending the clash of older ideas about matter and space, acclaimed physicist Frank Wilczek explains a remarkable new discovery: matter is built from almost weightless units, and pure energy is the ultimate source of mass. He calls it “The Lightness of Being.” Space is no mere container, empty and passive. It is a dynamic Grid—a modern ether— and its spontaneous activity creates and destroys particles. This new understanding of mass explains the puzzling feebleness of gravity, and a gorgeous unification of all the forces comes sharply into focus. The Lightness of Being is the first book to explore the implications of these revolutionary ideas about mass, energy, and the nature of “empty space.” In it, Wilczek masterfully presents new perspectives on our incredible universe and envisions a new golden age of fundamental physics.

Fear of Physics

Fear of Physics
Author: Lawrence Krauss
Publsiher: Basic Books
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2007-07-30
ISBN 10: 9780465007134
ISBN 13: 0465007139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fear of Physics Book Review:

Fear of Physics is a lively, irreverent, and informative look at everything from the physics of boiling water to cutting-edge research at the observable limits of the universe. Rich with anecdotes and accessible examples, it nimbly ranges over the tools and thought behind the world of modern physics, taking the mystery out of what is essentially a very human intellectual endeavor.

The Dream Universe

The Dream Universe
Author: David Lindley
Publsiher: Doubleday
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-03-17
ISBN 10: 0385543867
ISBN 13: 9780385543866
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dream Universe Book Review:

A vivid and captivating narrative about how modern science broke free of ancient philosophy, and how theoretical physics is returning to its unscientific roots In the early seventeenth century Galileo broke free from the hold of ancient Platonic and Aristotelian philosophy. He drastically changed the framework through which we view the natural world when he asserted that we should base our theory of reality on what we can observe rather than pure thought. In the process, he invented what we would come to call science. This set the stage for all the breakthroughs that followed--from Kepler to Newton to Einstein. But in the early twentieth century when quantum physics, with its deeply complex mathematics, entered into the picture, something began to change. Many physicists began looking to the equations first and physical reality second. As we investigate realms further and further from what we can see and what we can test, we must look to elegant, aesthetically pleasing equations to develop our conception of what reality is. As a result, much of theoretical physics today is something more akin to the philosophy of Plato than the science to which the physicists are heirs. In The Dream Universe, Lindley asks what is science when it becomes completely untethered from measurable phenomena?

The Universe, Life and Everything

The Universe, Life and Everything
Author: Sarah Durston,Ton Baggerman
Publsiher: Amsterdam University Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-10-12
ISBN 10: 9048539056
ISBN 13: 9789048539055
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Universe, Life and Everything Book Review:

he way we understand the world we live in is changing. Our traditional understanding is being challenged by developments in physics, including quantum mechanics, and our inability to explain certain complex phenomena such as consciousness. In this book, scholars from a variety of backgrounds discuss how our understanding of our world is expanding to include such phenomena.

The Order of Time

The Order of Time
Author: Carlo Rovelli
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-05-08
ISBN 10: 0735216126
ISBN 13: 9780735216129
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Order of Time Book Review:

One of TIME’s Ten Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade "Meet the new Stephen Hawking . . . The Order of Time is a dazzling book." --The Sunday Times From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, comes a concise, elegant exploration of time. Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to "flow"? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, accessible prose, Carlo Rovelli invites us to consider questions about the nature of time that continue to puzzle physicists and philosophers alike. For most readers this is unfamiliar terrain. We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. We think of it as uniform and universal, moving steadily from past to future, measured by clocks. Rovelli tears down these assumptions one by one, revealing a strange universe where at the most fundamental level time disappears. He explains how the theory of quantum gravity attempts to understand and give meaning to the resulting extreme landscape of this timeless world. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, he suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe. Already a bestseller in Italy, and written with the poetic vitality that made Seven Brief Lessons on Physics so appealing, The Order of Time offers a profoundly intelligent, culturally rich, novel appreciation of the mysteries of time.

Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?

Did God Create the Universe from Nothing?
Author: Jonathan Ms Pearce
Publsiher: Onus Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2016-09-15
ISBN 10: 9780992600099
ISBN 13: 099260009X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Did God Create the Universe from Nothing? Book Review:

The Kalam Cosmological Argument is favoured by Christian apologists to argue that God must have created the universe. This latest book, by philosopher Jonathan MS Pearce, takes that argument to task and finds it seriously lacking, despite its common appeal. This is a must-have counter to the well-worn religious argument.

Beyond Star Trek

Beyond Star Trek
Author: Lawrence M. Krauss
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2011-04-05
ISBN 10: 0062040871
ISBN 13: 9780062040879
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond Star Trek Book Review:

In the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, the renowned theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss took readers on an entertaining and eye-opening tour of the Star Trek universe to see how it stacked up against the real universe. Now, responding to requests for more as well as to a number of recent exciting discoveries in physics and astronomy, Krauss takes a provocative look at how the laws of physics relate to notions from our popular culture -- not only Star Trek, but other films, shows, and popular lore -- from Independence Day to Star Wars to The X-Files. What's the difference between a flying saucer and a flying pretzel? Why didn't the aliens in Independence Day have to bother invading Earth to destroy it? What's new with warp drives? What's the most likely scenario for doomsday? Are ESP and telekinesis impossible? What do clairvoyance and time travel have in common? How might quantum mechanics ultimately affect the fate of life in the universe?

The Beginning of Infinity

The Beginning of Infinity
Author: David Deutsch
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2011-03-31
ISBN 10: 0141969695
ISBN 13: 9780141969695
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Beginning of Infinity Book Review:

A bold and all-embracing exploration of the nature and progress of knowledge from one of today's great thinkers. Throughout history, mankind has struggled to understand life's mysteries, from the mundane to the seemingly miraculous. In this important new book, David Deutsch, an award-winning pioneer in the field of quantum computation, argues that explanations have a fundamental place in the universe. They have unlimited scope and power to cause change, and the quest to improve them is the basic regulating principle not only of science but of all successful human endeavor. This stream of ever improving explanations has infinite reach, according to Deutsch: we are subject only to the laws of physics, and they impose no upper boundary to what we can eventually understand, control, and achieve. In his previous book, The Fabric of Reality, Deutsch describe the four deepest strands of existing knowledge-the theories of evolution, quantum physics, knowledge, and computation-arguing jointly they reveal a unified fabric of reality. In this new book, he applies that worldview to a wide range of issues and unsolved problems, from creativity and free will to the origin and future of the human species. Filled with startling new conclusions about human choice, optimism, scientific explanation, and the evolution of culture, The Beginning of Infinity is a groundbreaking book that will become a classic of its kind.