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The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here? (utgåvan 2017)

av Lawrence M. Krauss (Författare)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here?
Författare:Lawrence M. Krauss (Författare)
Info:Atria Books (2017), Edition: First Edition2017, 336 pages
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Can't think of anything worse (saw Krauss once in ridicule mode and couldn't take the man seriously after that - any person who tries to win an argument involving ridicule - which is a kind of imposition of your own will over others - doesn't deserve the respect to be listened to - full stop).

Although happy to read and listen to fair-minded atheists. There's burden on the believer, for sure. Just as there's burden on every person to impart something that they believe will be of benefit to others. But there's, also, burden on the part of the non-believer to listen to the arguments the believer tries to make (many atheists do make a real effort and but they still just have absence of belief - but some atheists will mock believers when those believers are trying to impart something that they genuinely - they might be wrong about the truth they're trying to communicate - believe in and believe to be beneficial to others).

Awareness of truth, and perforce the presumption of truth, is not superstition. Attributing this primordial knowledge to aspects of the perceived is superstition. Similarly, any scientist who closes his or her mind to the possibility that the current conclusions of a particular specialty are no longer subject to reevaluation may be said to be beset by a form of superstition. Religion and science are not incompatible; they are simply two forms of human inquiry struggling to overcome an insurmountable epistemological error. I enjoy science precisely because I know that tomorrow there's going to be a surprising breakthrough, a paradigm shift, a totally unexpected result. I enjoy spirituality (not religion - though the outfits are admittedly spiffy) because from it flow arts unburdened by the constraints of logic.

Human creativity's a marvel but its manifestations have nothing to do with truth.

I think Krauss is as almost always lazy, cheap and insulting. If you really believe something, and you really believe it's beneficial to others (i.e. that there's no god), then you would approach believers with respect and patience. Ridicule is just a cheap and easy way to get control over others as quickly as possible (and with a boot in the chin for having put up some opposition to their argument). ( )
  antao | Jun 22, 2021 |
Readable, but for the nuclear stew. Let that pass deeper understanding and focus on the history lesson. Krauss builds the intellectual pyramid from Newton’s base layering insights of Rutherford, Einstein, Dirac, Pauli, Feynman, the teams that built CERN, didn’t build the SSC, at last built the Large Hadron Collider. He puts discovery of the Higgs boson at the peak and offers problems with the view. ( )
  applemcg | Mar 24, 2021 |
It's largely snippets of biographies of famous (and less so) scientists. Falls short of its promises. ( )
  Paul_S | Dec 23, 2020 |
Krauss goes largely into nuclear and particle physics where many of my quantum physics books don't. He does great history research on the physicists with perspective on how their discoveries and conclusions came about. Krauss simplifies for the lay reader about as much as possible, but it is not simple. There are enough effects named after an alphabet soup of physicists to keep the reader cross-eyed. Another emphasis is quantum physics after 1950 which is more complicated, less inspiring, and often overlooked.

I am interested in consciousness and its undeniable roll in the quantum. Krauss has a scold about ignoring evidence and letting arrogance and belief get in the way of open minded, honest exploration. Then he arrogantly dismisses consciousness exploration as woo best left to the unserious like Deprak Chopra. So, in fact, he completely glosses over the greatest story. Perhaps he is right about, "So Far." The best is yet to come. ( )
  Mark-Bailey | Aug 7, 2020 |
A fascinating and in the end overwhelming explanation of particle physics. That the properties of the universe aren't intuitive I readily accept. I wonder if contemporary physics isn't in need of a great understanding and simplification just as the Copernican understanding have is a simpler understanding of astronomy.
Of course Einstein warned against oversimplifying.
Thought provoking. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jul 25, 2020 |
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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.

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