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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?

Lawrence Krauss’ provocative answers to these and other timeless questions in a wildly popular lecture now on YouTube have attracted almost a million viewers. The last of these questions in particular has been at the center of religious and philosophical debates about the existence of God, and it’s the supposed counterargument to anyone who questions the need for God. Scientists have, however, historically focused on other, more pressing issues—such as figuring out how the universe actually functions, which can ultimately help us to improve the quality of our lives.

Now, in a cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their head. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

With his characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations, Krauss takes 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. It will provoke, challenge, and delight readers as it looks at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. And this knowledge that our universe will be quite different in the future from today has profound consequences and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins has described it, this could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.

A fascinating antidote to outmoded philosophical and religious thinking, A Universe from Nothing is a provocative, game-changing entry into the debate about the existence of God—and everything else. “Forget Jesus,” says Krauss, “the stars died so you could be born.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “We have been living through a revolution in cosmology as wondrous as that initiated by Copernicus. Here is the essential, engrossing, and brilliant guide.”

    Ian McEwan, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In A Universe from Nothing, Lawrence Krauss has written a thrilling introduction to the current state of cosmology—the branch of science that tells us about the deep past and deeper future of everything. As it turns out, everything has a lot to do with nothing—and nothing to do with God. This is a brilliant and disarming book.”

    Sam Harris, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Nothing is not nothing. Nothing is something. That’s how a cosmos can be spawned from the void—a profound idea conveyed in A Universe from Nothing that unsettles some yet enlightens others. Meanwhile, it’s just another day on the job for physicist Lawrence Krauss.” 

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

  • “Readers interested in the evolution of the universe will find Krauss’ account lively and humorous as well as informative.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The author delivers plenty of jolts in this enthusiastic and lucid but demanding overview of the universe, which includes plenty of mysteries—but its origin isn’t among them…A thoughtful, challenging book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Astronomers at the beginning of the twentieth century were wondering whether there was anything beyond our Milky Way galaxy. As Lawrence Krauss lucidly explains, astronomers living two trillion years from now will perhaps be pondering precisely the same question! Beautifully navigating through deep intellectual waters, Krauss presents the most recent ideas on the nature of our cosmos and of our place within it. A fascinating read.”

    Mario Livio, author of Is God a Mathematician?

  • “In this clear and crisply written book, Lawrence Krauss outlines the compelling evidence that our complex cosmos has evolved from a hot, dense state and how this progress has emboldened theorists to develop fascinating speculations about how things really began.”

    Martin Rees, author of Our Final Hour

  • “A series of brilliant insights and astonishing discoveries have rocked the universe in recent years, and Lawrence Krauss has been in the thick of it. With his characteristic verve, and using many clever devices, he’s made that remarkable story remarkably accessible. The climax is a bold scientific answer to the great question of existence: why is there something rather than nothing?”

    Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate and Herman Feshbach professor at MIT

  • “With characteristic wit, eloquence, and clarity Lawrence Krauss gives a wonderfully illuminating account of how science deals with one of the biggest questions of all: how the universe’s existence could arise from nothing. It is a question that philosophy and theology get themselves into a muddle over, but that science can offer real answers too, as Krauss’ lucid explanation shows. Here is the triumph of physics over metaphysics, reason and enquiry over obfuscation and myth, made plain for all to see: Krauss gives us a treat as well as an education in fascinating style.”

    A. C. Grayling, author of The Good Book

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Russell Coon | 1/10/2014

    " The Idiot's guide to astrophysics. ... It still made my head hurt. But I learned a lot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Blyth | 1/3/2014

    " The author does a good job of interpreting some of the latest information on cosmology in lay language. Especially good at explaining how ideas like inflation, multiple universes, and the energy of empty space are not just ideas dreamed up to explain the unknown, but are driven by data. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 12/30/2013

    " Why is there something rather than nothing? Mind boggling to think about. Krauss explains current thinking about the origin and future of the universe and why it looks like it does. He makes for clear explanations, but I'm sure I couldn't explain it to anyone else without a ton of handwaving; I'm a poor vessel for all the details. Still, what he does make clear is how all the theories and research add up to a coherent, if complete, picture of the universe. Would make good re-reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ray Tarasovic | 12/25/2013

    " A compelling treatise on how all of this most probably came to be, is, and will be or might be. Not for the faint of scientific heart as I found myself going to Wiki or some other layman's source material frequently. If cosmological questioning excites you, take the plunge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marsha | 12/19/2013

    " I lied; I gave up on it. The narrator and subject were BOTH tedious! I like and tend to be fascinated by science, but cosmology, and physics in general, leave me unmoved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 12/10/2013

    " It was pretty good. I took off a star for the second last chapter which was somewhat more technical than the rest of the book in the way Krauss explained things. Seemed like a rushed one. As well, throughout the book, he referenced things that weren't introduced or defined in previous chapters and seemed to expect his readers to know what they were. Hubble's constant was one such example. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/29/2013

    " Great book although I had already watched most of his videos on YouTube. So, there wasn't a whole lot new for me. I was afraid he might not write very well compared to his lecturing but that's not the case. Science is so crazy (awesome) it starts to sound like fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas J. Lawson | 11/2/2013

    " Does for cosmology what Darwin's 'Origin of the Species' did for biology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deb | 7/9/2013

    " I enjoyed (and recommend) his Youtube lecture from 2009 and this is an expansion of it. Couldn't really follow the physics and a lot of his reasoning, but still so interesting and provocative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Hammond | 1/16/2013

    " Of several books I read or started to read about "why there is something rather than nothing" this was the best. Basically, the reason is that "nothing" is not a stable situation. Krauss is a top-notch physicist who writes for the layman and very well in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn Harris | 12/20/2012

    " Not a bad update on the latest thinking concerning the origins, processes, and destiny of the universe, but Krauss was a little too full of himself and his own agenda for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim | 11/12/2012

    " One of the best of the genre I call Physics for Dummies books. He has a very down to earth style of writing and constantly points out his own biases so it doesn't seem like a pep talk for his particular viewpoint.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frank | 7/14/2012

    " Some interesting philosophical reflections. The attempt at explaining the science falls short, as an overly ambitious 175 page book might. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robyn Roze | 6/15/2012

    " Loved this book! Makes me wish I was a physicist! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Haddenham | 2/7/2012

    " Pretty good book, I like Lawrence's writing style. "

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About the Author
Author Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence M. Krauss is Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and Chairman of the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the author of two acclaimed books, Fear of Physics: A Guide for the Perplexed and The Fifth Essence: The Search far Dark Matter in the Universe, and over 120 scientific articles. He is the recipient of several international awards for his work, including the Presidential Investigator Award, given by President Reagan in 1986. He lectures extensively to both lay and professional audiences and frequently appears on radio and television.