Bestselling author and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss offers a paradigm-shifting view of how everything that exists came to be in the first place. “Where did the universe come from? What was there before it? What will the future bring? And finally, why is there something rather than nothing?” One of the few prominent scientists today to have crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that demonstrate not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing. With a new preface about the significance of the discovery of the Higgs particle, A Universe from Nothing uses Krauss’s characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations to take us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it’s going to end. Provocative, challenging, and delightfully readable, this is a game-changing look at the most basic underpinning of existence and a powerful antidote to outmoded philosophical, religious, and scientific thinking.
How does the Star Trek universe stack up against the real universe? What warps when you're traveling at warp speed? What is the difference between a wormhole and a black hole? Are time loops really possible, and can I kill my grandmother before I am born? Anyone who has ever wondered "could this really happen?" will gain useful insights into the Star Trek universe (and, incidentally, the real world of physics) in this charming and accessible guide. Lawrence M. Krauss boldly goes where Star Trek has gone-and beyond. From Newton to Hawking, from Einstein to Feynman, from Kirk to Picard, Krauss leads readers on a voyage to the world of physics as we now know it and as it might one day be.
The story of matter and the history of the cosmos from the perspective of a single oxygen atom, told with the insight and wit of one of the most dynamic physicists and writers working today. Through this astonishing work, he manages to stoke wonder at the powers and unlikely events that conspired to create our solar system, our ecosystem, and us.
From the first particles of matter and atomic building-blocks to hydrogen fusion, large galaxies and supermassive black holes, with a healthy dose of history and fun facts to glue everything together, this is your very own guide to How to Build a Universe. Using a mixture of eye-catching graphics, humour and structured narrative, in How to Build a Universe, Metro columnist Ben Gilliland explains the complex concepts surrounding the birth and development of the galaxies, without overwhelming or patronising the reader. Gilliland demonstrates how the cosmos came to be - from the formation of the first particles in the Big Bang to the development of the first stars, galaxies, planets and leading up to the present day and where the future of the universe might lie. Each chapter has an ongoing narrative, building the universe piece by piece, with graphics and fact boxes interspersed throughout.
Integrating Sacred Geometry & Modern Science The logic behind Sacred Geometry is simple. The patterns of symmetry which we observe in nature are too organized, too perfect to have emerged simply by chance. Therefore every scientist has an obligation to at least consider the possibility that our universe was designed by some form of intelligence. Perhaps long before our physical universe was ever created, a consciousness naturally evolved within the “Infinitude of Existence.” Over time, this consciousness may have developed into an intelligence capable of establishing all the laws of mathematics, geometry, and physics that are required to create a balanced, properly functioning universe. This has been the assumption held by many of history’s most prominent philosophers and is the cornerstone of Sacred Geometry. The most notable, of course, being Plato with the famous quote, “...God geometrizes continually.” The knowledge of Sacred Geometry dates back at least 6000 years to the Ancient Egyptians. They began to study the laws of geometry and realized that the symmetrical patterns they were drawing on papyrus leaves were also prevalent in the natural world. It appeared as though the universe was already well versed in the laws of geometry that they thought they were the first to discover. The Golden Ratio and Golden Spiral can be seen throughout the natural world: in flowers, mollusk shells, our faces & bodies, hurricanes, and even in the spiraling of the galaxies. The Ancient Egyptians only explanation behind the precision in nature was that the universe must be the product of an intelligence similar to their own. The Flower of Life pattern has been found all over the ancient world from Egypt to China. It was believed to be the pattern that the “Great Architect of the Universe” followed while forming physical objects from nothing. Even modern history’s most renowned physicist, Albert Einstein, observed the precision of the universe and openly expressed his belief in the possibility of some form of intelligence behind its creation. Einstein entertained the idea of the pantheistic God of Baruch Spinoza. Spinoza believed in a kind of anthropomorphic deity who created the laws of the universe, set it in motion, but then doesn’t interfere. Today, theoretical physicists are still attempting to explain nature’s precision and have been using extremely advanced mathematics to make some startling revelations in what is called String Theory. String Theorists describe our universe as being composed of 1-Dimensional strings of energy that interact with one another to form physical matter. The theory attempts to mathematically describe all the elementary particles by modeling them as systems of vibrating elastic strings. Strings of energy must be arranged in specific geometric configurations in order to form the different elementary particles. The physical properties of each particle are defined by the unique geometry of its strings. The complex mathematics of String Theory allows for a large number of potential geometric configurations that can not exist in our physical reality. This is because the strings must ultimately come together to form stable physical objects. One way to understand String Theory is to think of each particle as a spherical musical instrument containing intersecting elastic strings. Strings may be played at different strengths to control their amplitudes. And the intersections, or nodes, can be activated or deactivated to control the particle’ s frequency pattern and define its physical properties. An elementary particle, just like a song of music, is composed by playing strings in a specific order and geometric pattern to create the particle’s rhythm. The songs of the elementary particles interact with one another to create the musical symphony that our eyes perceive as physical reality. If geometry is such an important defining attribute of the Universe’s elementary particles, then what about Sacred Geometry? Personally, I find inspiration in the famous quote from Descartes,“As above, so below.” We know from observing the Divine Proportions in nature that physical objects are subject to the principles of Sacred Geometry. It’s only logical to assume that the strings of energy that compose them are as well. Maybe there really is a Divine Intelligence behind the evolution of our universe. After all, can anyone really explain why the universe is trying so hard to make increasingly complex, emotionally intelligent organisms such as ourselves? To test our theory, let’s pretend we are the Great Architect in the infinite void of existence and the only tool at our disposal is our mind’s imagination. How do we create a universe from nothing? (For simplicity, 3-D figures are depicted as 2-D figures when necessary.)
This book differentiates observationally verified aspects of cosmology from ideas whose verification is distant or perhaps impossible by careful application of orthodox scientific method. This English edition is a part of his original work devoted to describing the dynamics of stars, and analysing the Big Bang, steady state and multiverse models.
If you think atheists have reason, evidence, and science on their side, think again! Award-winning author Dr. Frank Turek (I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist) will show you how atheists steal reason, evidence, science, and other arguments from God in trying to make their case for atheism. If that sounds contradictory, it’s because it is! Atheists can’t make their case without appealing to realities only theism can explain. In an engaging and memorable way, Stealing from God exposes these intellectual crimes atheists are committing and then provides four powerful reasons for why Christianity is true.
The Physics of Theism provides a timely, critical analysis of the ways in which physics intertwines with religion. Koperski brings clarity to a range of arguments including the fine-tuning argument, naturalism, the laws of nature, and the controversy over Intelligent Design. A single author text providing unprecedented scope and depth of analysis of key issues within the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science Critically analyses the ways in which physics is brought into play in matters of religion Self-contained chapters allow readers to directly access specific areas of interest The area is one of considerable interest, and this book is a timely and well-conceived contribution to these debates Written by an accomplished scholar working in the philosophy of physics in a style that renders complex arguments accessible
A monograph on inflationary cosmology and cosmological phase transitions, investigating modern cosmology's relationship to elementary particle physics. This work also includes a non-technical discussion of inflationary cosmology for those unfamiliar with the theory.
Creatio ex nihilo is a foundational doctrine in the Abrahamic faiths. It states that God created the world freely out of nothing - from no pre-existent matter, space or time. This teaching is central to classical accounts of divine action, free will, grace, theodicy, religious language, intercessory prayer and questions of divine temporality and, as such, the foundation of a scriptural God but also the transcendent Creator of all that is. This edited collection explores how we might now recover a place for this doctrine, and, with it, a consistent defence of the God of Abraham in philosophical, scientific and theological terms. The contributions span the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and cover a wide range of sources, including historical, philosophical, scientific and theological. As such, the book develops these perspectives to reveal the relevance of this idea within the modern world.