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Keith Ecker, producer/host of Essay Fiesta and Guts & Glory, is meditating on:

A Universe From Nothing When I find myself fretting about paying the bills or keeping to my gym routine, I'm comforted by the fact that one day the sun will explode, our galaxy will collide with another, and eventually the universe will expand and cool down to a point where it can no longer sustain life. That's why I've really been digging A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss's most recent book, which details the theories behind why stuff exists and what will one day happen to all of it.

Although Krauss sometimes veers into territory that bewilders my nerdy brain, I still can appreciate the beauty of cosmological theories that explain how order seemingly arises from chaos and the scientific creativity of the physicist's mind. A staunch atheist—sometimes annoyingly so—Krauss sprinkles in some interesting factoids about religion and science. (Did you know the first person to propose a big bang was a priest?) Also, the theories on dark matter and dark energy illustrate just how science fact can be equally as fantastic as science fiction.

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