The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far (Paperback)Lawrence Krauss (author)
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In the beginning there was light but more than this, there was gravity. After that, all hell broke loose...
This is how the story of the greatest intellectual adventure in history should be introduced - how humanity reached its current understanding of the universe, one that is far removed from the realm of everyday experience.
Krauss connects the world we know with the invisible world all around us, which is removed from intuition and direct sensation. He explains our current understanding of nature and the struggle to construct the greatest theoretical edifice ever assembled, the Standard Model of Particle Physics - and then to understand its implications for our existence.
Krauss celebrates the beauty and wonders of the natural world and details our place within it and how this shapes our understanding of it.
He makes this story accessible through profiles of the scientists responsible for these advances, and clear explanations of their discoveries.
The reader is taken on a tour of science and the brilliant personalities who shaped it, often against political and religious indoctrination, enduring persecution and ostracism. Krauss creates a captivating blend of research and narrative to invite us into the lives and minds of these figures,creating a landmark work of scientific history.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm
"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
"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
'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.' - Brian Greene, author of The Elegant Universe
'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
"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
"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." - Steven Pinker
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