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A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss
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A book that might just claim we don't exist. Gone are the heady days pre-Galileo Galilei when man (chauvinistic term intended)ruled his massive flat planet from the very center of the small universe while the subservient sun and other stars rotated around him. How the mighty have fallen in the intervening 500 years. Krauss reviews the latest cosmology which largely concludes if you added up all the something in the universe it would amount to no more than a rounding error. However, it turns out the nothing that in statistical significance terms makes up all the universe contains an actual dark energy pushing the small specks of something further out into the void.

If all of this doesn't make you feel small actually pushing your way through the book will make you feel also feel stupid the same way you felt reading A Brief History of Time (astrophysicists excepted over course). Without looking up Krauss' biography the book makes it clear that Dr. Krauss is theoretical physicist whose measure of making things simple is likely more complicated than yours. While he stops to point out that the Doppler Effect is the effect you hear when a train passes, some discussions of how particles might actually be waves, string theory and multiverses aren't presented with the same clarity.

In short, this is another draft at bringing together the latest cosmological thinking into a digestible book that will change how we all understand the universe; however, it isn't quite that book.

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