Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Book Review: "A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence M. Kraus

Meh.
Despite praise by Sir Martin Rees.
Liked the Afterword by Richard Dawkins though.
Would have loved to read the foreword by Christopher Hitchens, but he died before finishing it. A real shame.

Anyway, this is another popular book on cosmology and the quantum world. If you're a lay person then it would indeed be "A thrilling introduction to the current state of cosmology" and would fairly deserve the praise. For me, it was very introductory and quite un-thrilling. Sheesh I'm getting old. And jaded.

Nothing I haven't read before and Nothing is better described in Brian Cox's or Brian Greene's books. His visualization of an expanding, possibly quilted, universe is useful, but I preferred Greene's swiss cheese approach better.

Still looking for the book that details how magnetic flux works for real. Like Cox's book illuminated the physical 'HOW' that makes electrons more probable in atomic shells.

Re-reading "Why I am not a Christian" by Bertrand Russell. Old as I am and still as good.

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