A Universe from Nothing

In an interview with ABC in 2010, Diane Sawyer asked Stephen Hawking the following question, “If the universe gave you a gift tomorrow, an answer, what’s the answer you most want?” In response, Hawking, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, stated,

I want to know why the universe exists. Why there is something rather than nothing.

In seeming response to this question, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss’s new book, A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, is being released today.

"We are all, literally, star children, and our bodies made of stardust."

I first read Krauss what seems like a lifetime ago when he published his book, Physics of Star Trek, and have, since then, continued to read his many works, my favorite being Quintessence (on the question of dark matter).  He recently published a book about Richard Feynman titled Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science, which although I’ve not yet read, is on my list. And now, as stated above, his new book was just released, inspired by an incredibly popular video of a talk he gave titled “A Universe from Nothing.”

Like Dawkins, Sagan, Hawking, and others, Krauss has become a strong voice for the skeptics and rationalists among us, and in this talk for the Richard Dawkins Foundation he does not disappoint. I think he’s quite successful in conveying the idea that a godless universe need not be a “scary” place. According to Krauss,

It motivates us to draw meaning from our own actions. . . and to make the most of our brief existence in the sun.

Here is the video that inspired the writing of this book.


10 thoughts on “A Universe from Nothing

  1. My birthday this year actually falls on the Reason Rally in Washington D.C. I truly, truly cannot wait to hear Richard Dawkins speak in person. And “A Universe From Nothing” sounds really interesting — thank you for yet another wonderful recommendation!

  2. “We are all, literally, star children, and our bodies made of stardust.” With apologies to Joni Mitchell? By the way, the Wolf Moon last night was huge and spectacular up here in the Boston area,

    • I did see the moon. It was huge and amazing down here in Miami, too.

      I suspect he probably did listen to quite a bit of Mitchell and maybe even some CSNY in his time, haven’t most of us?

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