Nobel Conference 49 Profile of Lawrence Krauss

Posted on September 4th, 2013 by

Much of the most exciting research being done today feeds our innate human curiosity. It seeks to answer the larger questions always looming in the back of our minds of who we are, how we got here, and if we are unique.

Professor Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist and astronomer. Perhaps best known in academia as one of the first physicists to suggest that most of space is composed of “dark energy,” Krauss also maintains research interests in studying a broad range of astrophysical phenomenon and examining the bigger questions of life. Currently, Krauss is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Physics Department, and Director of the Origins Initiative at the University of Arizona. Under his guidance, Origins is on its way to becoming a national center for research and outreach, addressing origins topics ranging from origins of the universe, to human origins, to origins of consciousness and culture.

Krauss is a respected scientist with more than 200 published scientific articles, but is also a celebrated science popularizer and science communicator. He has authored several books aimed at capturing the interest of the general public. His best-selling book, The Physics of Star Trek, makes popular concepts such as time travel, light speed, and wormholes assessable to science lovers of all levels. In his latest book, A Universe from Nothing, Krauss attempts to answer questions such as where did our universe come from and why is there something rather than nothing. He is an advocate of scientific skepticism, science education, and the science of morality. Krauss nobly seeks to increase scientific literacy among the general public by improving public school science curricula and teaching critical thinking and reasoning skills. He also promotes scientific integrity.

You do not want to miss Nobel Conference 49, “The Universe at Its Limits,” as Lawrence Krauss takes us on a journey through the scientific landscape that so simply and beautifully explains many aspects of our uniquely complex cosmos. And let the many questions that remain unanswered ignite the imagination in us all.

 

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