Recommended Books

The Physics of Climate Change by Lawrence M Krauss


The first book to briefly and clearly present the science of climate change in a way that is accessible to laypeople, providing the perspective needed to understand and assess the foundations and predictions of climate change.


“Brilliant and fundamental, this is the necessary book about our prime global emergency. Here you’ll find the facts, the processes, the physics of our complex and changing climate, but delivered with eloquence and urgency. Lawrence Krauss writes with a clarity that transcends mere politics. Prose and poetry were never better bedfellows.” –Ian McEwan
“The ideal book for understanding the science of global once elegant, rigorous, and timely.” –Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prizewinning author of The Sixth Extinction

“A brief, brilliant, and charming summary of what physicists know about climate change and how they learned it.” –Sheldon Glashow, Nobel Laureate in Physics, Metcalf Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Boston University

“The distinguished scientist Lawrence Krauss turns his penetrating gaze on the most pressing existential threat facing our world: climate change. It is brimming with information lucidly analysed. Such hope as there is lies in science, and a physicist of Dr. Krauss’s imaginative versatility is unusually qualified to offer it.” –Richard Dawkins, author of The Blind Watchmaker and Science in the Soul

“Lucid and gripping, this study of the most severe challenge humans have ever faced leads the reader from the basic physics of climate change to recognition of the damage that humans have already caused and on to the prospects that lie ahead if we do not change course soon.” –Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor, University of Arizona, author of Internationalism or Extinction?

“Lawrence Krauss tells the story of climate change with erudition, urgency, and passion. It is our great good luck that one of our most brilliant scientists is also such a gifted writer. This book will change the way we think about the future.” –Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Good Boy and She’s Not There

“Everything on climate change that I’ve seen is either dumbed down and bossy or written for other climate scientists. I’ve been looking for a book that can let me, a layperson, understand the science. This book does just what I was looking for. It is important.” –Penn Jillette, Magician, author of Presto! and God, No!

“The renowned physicist Lawrence Krauss makes the science behind one of the most important issues of our time accessible to all.” –Richard C. J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego

“Lawrence Krauss is a fine physicist, a talented writer, and a scientist deeply engaged with public affairs. His book deserves wide readership. The book’s eloquent exposition of the science and the threats should enlighten all readers and motivate them to an urgent concern about our planet’s future.” –Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, former president of the Royal Society, author of On the Future: Prospects for Humanity

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This book is for anyone who has wondered about the basic science behind climate change, how well-grounded it is, how much it relies on complicated model building, etc.  As such, it is meant for ‘skeptics’ as well as ‘true believers’, in order to clear up popular confusion regarding climate change and its implications for our future.  I am not a climate scientist, but neither are most of us who will be affected by climate change in this century.  In the style of my previous books, which aim to make what may seem like complicated forefront science accessible to everyone, I show in this book how climate change is based on fundamental easy to understand physics, and I describe how scientists came to their present understanding, as well as providing numerous illustrations to empirical data that we can use to check our theoretical expectations.    I avoid a discussion of policy.  The intent of this book is to provide people the necessary information so they can make up their own minds about what appropriate policies should be, who to vote for, etc.    Fundamentally, Climate Science is NOT Rocket Science.  As someone who has written at least one book about (imaginary) rocket science, I think I should know.  And like, The Physics of Star Trek, I hope readers will find this book opens their eyes to new aspects of the world around us and makes what may seem like an intimidating subject enjoyable to learn about.

From the Inside Flap

The news is full of hotly debated divergent claims about the impacts and risks of climate change. Lawrence Krauss, one of the world’s most respected physicists and science popularizers, cuts through the confusion by succinctly presenting the underlying science of climate change. This book provides a unique, clear, accurate, and easily accessible perspective of climate science and the risks of global inaction. The narrative, which movingly opens and closes on a Mekong Delta riverboat, lyrically explores the history of how scientists progressed to our current understanding of the Earth’s climate and its future. Replete with informative illustrations, this engaging book will allow readers to assess which climate predictions are firmest and which are more speculative. The Physics of Climate Change is required reading for anyone interested in understanding humanity’s role in the future of our planet.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and the author of hundreds of articles and numerous popular books including NYT bestsellers, The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. He received his PhD from MIT and then moved to the Harvard Society of Fellows. Following eight years as a professor at Yale University, he was appointed as a full professor with an endowed chair while still in his thirties. He has made significant contributions to our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe and has received numerous national and international awards for his research and writing. He is currently President of The Origins Project Foundation and host of The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss. Between 2006 and 2018, he was Chair of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He appears regularly on radio, television, and film.