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Lawrence M. Krauss

Author of The Physics of Star Trek

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Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist. Krauss is professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the only physicist to have received awards from all three major U.S. physics show more societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the American Institute of Physics. Lawrence Krauss received undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics from Carleton University and his Ph.D. in physics from MIT. Krauss taught at Yale University and was Chairman of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University. Krauss is the author of several bestselling books, including The Fifth Essence (1991), Fear of Physics (1994), The Physics of Star Trek (1995), Beyond Star Trek (1997), Quintessence (2001), Atom (2002), Hiding in the Mirror (2005), Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (2010), and A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (2012). (Bowker Author Biography) Lawrence M. Krauss is the bestselling author of "The Physics of Star Trek", among others. He received his Ph.D. in physics from MIT & now chairs the Department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University. (Publisher Provided) show less
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Works by Lawrence M. Krauss

The Physics of Star Trek (1995) 1,938 copies
Il mondo in un atomo (2003) 1 copy

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I learned a lot and became more curious about cosmology. I am glad I read the book.

3 stars because the book does not fulfill its promise. The book lays out the author’s knowledge of cosmology and physics at length. Only towards the end of the book does he starts addressing the question, but not really because he does not really like the question. You can tell it would force him to go outside of physics and cosmology, like philosophy, and he does not want to venture out there. Ultimately, he answers with something along the lines of “perhaps nothingness is an unstable state”. Ok, fair.

The book just does not fulfill its promise of taking a serious shot at all aspects of the question. Don’t get me wrong: you definitely learn a lot of cosmology and physics that are relevant to the question from reading the book.
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Bloum | 41 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
I'll confess: a lot of this was over my head. (I tell myself that's largely because I was listening to the audiobook instead of reading the text, which makes it easier to quickly re-scan some confusing bit of deepness.) Nonetheless, it was a rewarding book because of the sense of deep connection with the universe it evokes. I will very probably read Krauss' other pop-science book, "A Universe from Nothing".
Treebeard_404 | 9 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Surface level popsci, the physics topics that Krauss knows are covered well enough but not better than any other book in this genre. The topics he doesn't know are skimmed over like you'd hear on a podcast.
A.Godhelm | Oct 20, 2023 |



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