The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here?

Category: Book
By (author): Krauss, Lawrence M.
Subject:  SCIENCE / Cosmology
  SCIENCE / General
  SCIENCE / Philosophy & Social Aspects
  SCIENCE / Physics / General
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: February 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.37in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*From award-winning physicist, public intellectual, and the bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss, comes "a masterful blend of history, modern physics, and cosmic perspective that empowers the reader to not only embrace our understanding of the universe, but also revel in what remains to be discovered" (Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History).

In this grand poetic vision of the universe, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world that underlies reality-and our place within it.

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.

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 remarkable scientists who have helped 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 for reason, Krauss gives the rationale for the seemingly irrational-and the mysteries and apparent contradictions of quantum physics, and explores what that means for our lives here on Earth-and beyond.

At its core, The Greatest Story Ever Told-So Far 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?"
Review Quote*"The Greatest Story Ever Told-So Far ranges from Galileo to the LHC and beyond. It's accessible, illuminating, and surprising-an ideal guide for anyone interested in understanding our accidental universe."
Review Quote*"As Bard of the Universe, physicist Lawrence Krauss may be uniquely qualified to give us the Greatest Story Ever Told - a masterful blend of history, modern physics, and cosmic perspective that empowers the reader to not only embrace our understanding of the universe, but also revel in what remains to be discovered."
Review Quote*"College students, hippies, squares, christians, muslims, democrats, republicans, libertarians, theists, even atheists-all of us-sit around BS-ing like: 'So, how did all this, I mean everything, all of us, the whole universe, you know, man, everything, how did this all get here?' While we were doing that, Lawrence Krauss and people like him were doing the work to figure it out. Then Krauss wrote this great book about it. 'Wow, man, you mean, like we're getting closer to really knowing? I guess we'll have to back to talking about politics and sex.'"
Review Quote*"In the span of a century, physics progressed from skepticism that atoms were real to equations so precise we can predict properties of subatomic particles to the tenth decimal place. Lawrence Krauss rightly places this achievement among the greatest of all stories, and his book-at once engaging, poetic and scholarly-tells the story with a scientist's penetrating insight and a writer's masterly craft."
Review Quote*"Unlike some very clever scientists, Lawrence Krauss is not content to bask on the Mount Olympus of modern physics.  A great educator as well as a great physicist, he wants to pull others up the rarefied heights to join him. But unlike some science educators, he doesn't dumb down. In Einstein's words, he makes it 'as simple as possible but no simpler.'"
Review Quote*"rich, definitely not-dumbed-down history of physics... An admirable complement to the author's previous book and equally satisfying for those willing to read carefully."
Review Quote*"This truly is the greatest story: how the universe arose, what it's made of, how it works. Krauss is a warm and authoritative guide to what future generations will surely say is one of our species' greatest accomplishments."
Review Quote*"Discovering the bedrock nature of physical reality ranks as one of humanity's greatest collective achievements. This book gives a fine account of the main ideas and how they emerged. Krauss is himself close to the field, and can offer insights into the personalities who have led the key advances. A practiced and skilled writer, he succeeds in making the physics 'as simple as possible but no simpler.' I don't know a better book on this subject."
Review Quote*"In every debate I've done with theologians and religious believers their knock-out final argument always comes in the form of two questions: Why is there something rather than nothing? and Why are we here? The presumption is that if science provides no answers then there must be a God. But God or no, we still want answers. In A Universe From Nothing Lawrence Krauss, one of the biggest thinkers of our time, addressed the first question with verve, and in The Greatest Story Ever Told he tackles the second with elegance. Both volumes should be placed in hotel rooms across America, in the drawer next to the Gideon Bible."