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Summary

From award-winning physicist, public intellectual, and the bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing Lawrence Krauss, comes “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, American Museum of Natural History).

In this grand poetic vision of the universe, Lawrence Krauss tells the dramatic story of the discovery of the hidden world that underlies reality - and our place within it.

Reality is not what you think or sense - it’s weird, wild, and counterintuitive, and its inner workings seem at least as implausible as the idea that something can come from nothing.

With his trademark wit and accessible style, Krauss leads us to realms so small that they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. His unique blend of rigorous research and engaging storytelling invites us into the lives and minds of remarkable scientists who have helped unravel the unexpected fabric of reality with reasoning rather than superstition and dogma, and to explain how everything we see - and can’t see - came about. A passionate advocate for reason, Krauss gives the rationale for the seemingly irrational - and the mysteries and apparent contradictions of quantum physics, and explores what that means for our lives here on Earth - and beyond.

At its core, The Greatest Story Ever Told - So Far is about the best of what it means to be human - an epic history of our ultimately purposeless universe that addresses the question, “Why are we here?”

©2017 Lawrence Krauss (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved

Critic reviews

"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

"A rich, definitely not-dumbed-down history of physics.... An admirable complement to the author's previous book and equally satisfying for those willing to read carefully." --Kirkus

"In confident...prose, Krauss tells a story that both celebrates and explores science. Through it, he reminds readers why scientists build such complicated machinery and push the boundaries of the quantum world when nothing makes sense: 'For no more practical reason than to celebrate and explore the beauty of nature.'" --Publishers Weekly

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The references to "the PDF" are extremely annoying

If I was able to look at a PDF, I wouldn't be listening to an audiobook! People listen to audio books while driving, cycling, working out etc exactly because they can't read a PDF while doing it - yet this book keeps referencing a PDF every 5 minutes, making the listening experience extremely annoying for me.

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it's basically a brief history of science

ok and worth a read, but there isn't really anything new here if you already have a interest in science and read around. there are no big ideas or new perspectives that make you go wow. For me, there are too many science facts and not enough philosophical musings about what is really happening.
I preferred his excellent book 'Atom'

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The Greatest Story Ever Told...... in such a complicated fashion.

Sorry guys. If like me you are the ordinary man in the street without a degree in physics but trying to improve your understanding of the world around you, then this is NOT the book for you. Ok, it's a complicated subject but his descriptions are way above the understanding of the average person. Stick to Bill Bryson et al. Thank goodness I didn't pay full rate for this book .

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Not good for listening

I really tried to listen to this book but there were so many mathematical equations and references to hidden diagrams that it just doesn’t work! If this subject is of interest I suggest reading it in paperback format!

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Good listen

I enjoyed listen to this book. I got lost at some points when Lawrence was discussing the more in depth sections about particle physics but I think that's more my fault.

Good, clear narration.

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A passionate story on the history of science

Fantastic listen wonderfully read by Lawrence, At times I felt I should have my note book out, as some of the concepts needed to be understood to get the whole picture, def a book I will have to listen to again to understand the deeper science of particle physics.

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good but you need to listen multiple times

this was such a nice history of science that we have discovered at the moment. however it can be hard to understand due to the complex nature of nature.

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contains advanced particle physics

I enjoyed this book, however it was very challenging. I think this book should be aimed at advanced physics students and with the title, The Greatest Story Ever Told, it opens its self up to beginners that will struggle to keep up. I do feel I have come away with a much better understanding of particle physics, but it wasn't the most pleasant of journeys!

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Too complicated

This is a bit like a textbook in physics. It doesn't lend itself to the audio book format very well. The content is too complicated to understand just by listening to it.

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Don’t give up

A bit tough working through the subatomic particles for non graduate physicists but worth the effort when the author reaches his summing up. How do you get to see the pdf diagrams with the audio version?

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