The Greatest Story Ever Told--so Far

The Greatest Story Ever Told--so Far

Why Are We Here?

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An award-winning theoretical physicist and best-selling author of A Universe from Nothing traces the dramatic discovery of the counterintuitive world of reality, explaining how readers can shift their perspectives to gain greater understandings of our individual roles in the universe. --Publisher.
"In this grand poetic vision of nature, internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world that underlies reality--and how we find our place within it. ln his bestselling book A Universe from Nothing, Krauss revealed how something--our entire universe--could arise from nothing, a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists in our universe first came to be. Now, in The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far, Krauss reveals what everything that exists--reality--really is. Reality is not what you think or sense--it's weird, wild, and counterintuitive, and its inner workings seem at least as implausible as the idea that something can come from nothing. This landmark, unprecedented work explains the seemingly inexplicable in an absorbing, lively account of the greatest intellectual adventure in history: the creation of the scientific view of the universe at its most fundamental scales--where fact is stranger than fiction. With his trademark wit and accessible style, Krauss leads us to realms so small that they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of the remarkable scientists who have helped to unravel the unexpected fabric of reality, with reasoning rather than superstition and dogma, and to explain how everything we see--and can't see--came about. A passionate advocate tor reason, Krauss gives the rationale for the seemingly irrational--the mysteries and apparent contradictions of quantum physics, and what that means for our lives here on Earth--and beyond. Ultimately, The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision our world, as it appears that 'God' does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his scintillating essays for the New Yorker, Krauss makes it clear that the universe we experience isn't designed for us--and that our existence is a cosmic accident. Provocative and challenging, this book is essential reading for anyone who wants a proper perspective on our origins and our possible future. At its core, The Greatest Story is about the best of what it means to be human--an epic history of our ultimately purposeless universe that addresses the question 'Why are we here?'"--Jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Atria Books,, 2017
Edition: First Atria hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476777610
Branch Call Number: 530.11 Krauss 2017
Characteristics: xii, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Why are we here?


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Apr 09, 2018

The worst story ever told. I heard this author present a lecture at Carleton University, and thought it was really great. So I decided to read one of his books, but apparently he can't write.

Nov 01, 2017

I'm not really sure who this book is for. Maybe it would be a good summary review peppered with some human interest for physics graduate students, but this book glazes over incredibly complicated stuff as if the reader already understands it. I'd say about half of the book is interesting, and half is incomprehensible. Ultimately a disappointment, as Krauss is a great lecturer and speaker.

May 26, 2017

even more complicated than determining the number of angels that can stand on the head of a pin

Apr 02, 2017

A most fascinating and incredibly interesting book, taking the reader from the early beginnings of serious physics to the present advances in quantum physics, both in general and in regard to the latest discoveries using the Large Hadron Collider.
Although I admit I am unqualified to review this book, comprehending only small amounts of quantum physics, this physicist is quite good at explaining the unexplainable.
Highly recommended, with some interesting asides within.


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