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Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far Hardcover – 21 Mar 2017

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ISBN-13: 978-1476777610 ISBN-10: 1476777616

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"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.'"--Penn Jillette, author of Presto!

"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."--Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction

"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.'"--Richard Dawkins, author of The Magic of Reality

"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."--Martin Rees, author of Just Six Numbers

"It is an exhilarating experience to be led through this fascinating story, from Galileo to the Standard Model and the Higgs boson and beyond, with lucid detail and insight, illuminating vividly not only the achievements themselves but also the joy of creative thought and discovery, enriched with vignettes of the remarkable individuals who paved the way. It amply demonstrates that the discovery that 'nature really follows the simple and elegant rules intuited by the 20th- and 21st-century versions of Plato's philosophers' is one of the most astonishing achievements of the human intellect."--Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor & Professor of Linguistics (Emeritus), MIT

"History of science with an edge -- humorous, personal, passionate, yet intellectually serious and authoritative."--Frank Wilczek, Nobel Laureate, Physics

"A Homeric tale of science, history, and philosophy revealing how we learned so much about the universe and its tiniest parts."--Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate, 1979 in physics

"Charming... Krauss has written an account with sweep and verve that shows the full development of our ideas about the makeup of the world around us... A great romp."--Walter Gilbert, Nobel Award, Chemistry, 1980

"[An] excellent guide to cutting-edge physics... Detailed but lucid, thorough but not stodgy... Insightful... Space and time can indeed come from nothing; nothing, as Krauss explains beautifully... A great book: readable, informative and topical."--New Scientist

"Krauss possesses a rare talent for making the hardest ideas in astrophysics accessible to the layman, due in part to his sly humor... Krauss is genuinely in awe of the "wondrously strange" nature of our physical world, and his enthusiasm is infectious."--San Francisco Chronicle, Huffington Post, AP

About the Author

Lawrence Krauss, a renowned theoretical physicist, is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of more than 300 scientific publications and nine books, including the international bestsellers, A Universe from Nothing and The Physics of Star Trek. The recipient of numerous awards, Krauss is a regular columnist for newspapers and magazines, including The New Yorker, and he appears frequently on radio, television, and in feature films. Krauss lives in Portland, Oregon, and Tempe, Arizona.

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