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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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