A Universe from Nothing?

by Tim Barnett

Could the universe have come from nothing? To most people, the question sounds absurd. From nothing, nothing comes. But some contemporary scientists have argued that something can come from nothing.

For example, in his book A Universe from Nothing, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss writes,

Some philosophers and many theologians define and redefine “nothing” as not being any of the versions of nothing that scientists currently describe. But therein, in my opinion, lies the intellectual bankruptcy of much of theology and some of modern philosophy, for surely “nothing” is every bit as physical as “something,” especially if it is to be defined as the “absence of something.” It then behooves us to understand precisely the physical nature of both these quantities.

If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. Clearly, Krauss is using the term nothing to mean something.

Likewise, cosmologist Stephen Hawking echoes this understanding in his book The Grand Design. He writes…

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