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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR THE BEACH, 8 May 2013
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If I have got this right, it all depends on accepting that what we used to accept as empty space or nothingness is in fact a heaving mass of energy which produces at quantum level mysterious particles which blink in and out of existence, and which change their behaviour if observed. Whether that is regarded as a satisfactory explanation of the book's title - Krauss indeed insists that something has to come from nothing - will depend on the viewpoint of the individual reader. Krauss makes rather a lot of the fact that this purely scientific explanation eliminates the need to see God or a supreme creator as being responsible for the universe, and follows this up by unleashing Richard Dawkins to write a somewhat triumphal afterword, which some people may find offputting. The book is written in clear and largely jargon-free language, but the difficulty is that the concepts under discussion are so contrary to accepted logic that I found that the explanations can require multiple readings to grasp what point is being made. One can understand the individual words, but what they add up to requires work, and not everyone will think the effort is worthwhile, although its far more accessible than Hawking's Brief History of Time.. Overall, however, a fascinating introduction to modern thought on a fundamental scientific debate. Irrespective of whether one takes on board the arguments Krauss puts forward, it arguably does no harm to give the brain a workout like this from time to time.
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