Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing?
Wednesday, September 26 2012 at 8:00PM
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Professor Lawrence Krauss
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In A Universe from Nothing theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss explains what recently discovered evidence has to tell us about how our universe began and the implications for its far future. Answering the questions: Where did our universe come from? How is it all going to end? And why is there something rather than nothing? These fundamental questions, once regarded as being solely the domain of philosophy and religion, are now firmly established areas of scientific enquiry yielding fascinating and startling results. Not only can something arise from nothing, but something will always arise from nothing.
Published in February 2012, A Universe from Nothing expands upon a lecture given by Professor Krauss for the Atheist Alliance International Conference in Burbank, California in 2009 and sponsored by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. A video of the lecture has since received over 1.5 million views on YouTube. The book became a New York Times best-seller within a week of its release, and has being translated into 18 languages.
Professor Lawrence M. Krauss is a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at the Arizona State University. His primary area of research is in cosmology, and he was one of the first physicists to suggest that most of the mass and energy of the Universe resides in empty space, an idea now widely known as dark energy. He became an assistant professor at Yale University in 1985 and associate professor in 1988. He was named the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, professor of astronomy, and was chairman of the physics department at Case Western Reserve University from 1993 to 2005. He joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 2008. Professor Krauss has authored or co-authored more than three hundred scientific studies and review articles on cosmology and theoretical physics. He is also the author of several popular science books, including Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science and The Physics of Star Trek. In 2012 he was awarded the National Science Board's Public Service Medal for his contributions to public education in science and engineering in the United States.