Book Review: ‘The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here?’ by Lawrence M. Krauss

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The Greatest Story Ever Told is largely about particle physics, but unfortunately, Lawrence Krauss doesn’t do a whole lot to make this subject easier to digest. The writing flowed and it read quickly which was nice, but Krauss tended to go pretty deep into certain concepts without considering the layman reader. I found myself glossing over huge chunks of the book. I know this is partly my fault, however. I’ve never studied physics, much less quantum physics, aside from being a science enthusiast who enjoys the higher-level implications of a subject like this. I don’t know what I expected, but I know that I was disappointed that this book wasn’t a bit more accessible. There were plenty of moments where I was synced with what Krauss was talking about, and those moments of clarity redeemed the book in my eyes, preventing me from giving it only 2 stars instead of 3. In particular, I really caught the wave towards Part 3 where he talks about the Higgs boson and the Large Hadron Collider. Those topics were pretty widely talked about in the media, so I had more familiarity with them. Other than that, I mainly enjoyed learning about all of the physicists involved in developing our current understanding of particle physics, represented through the Standard Model. I also like how Krauss explained away some of the pseudoscience that tends to hijack quantum physics concepts.

The Greatest Story Ever Told is probably something I will come back to a few years from now after I’ve learned a bit more from other sources, and maybe my rating of this book will go up a notch. Having completed this, I’m more interested in reading Krauss’s previous book, A Universe From Nothing, and I also think I’m going to revisit the documentary Particle Fever soon to see if I can appreciate it even more than I did.

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