Lawrence Krauss: A Universe From Nothing Theoretical Physics & Cosmology

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Education & Academic History: 1977 - Undergraduate degrees in mathematics and physics at Ottawa's Carleton University, having earned first class honours. 1982 - Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1982 to 1985 - Member of the Harvard Society of Fellows 1985 to 1993 - Assistant and then associate professorship at Yale 1993 to 2005 - He went on to serve as the Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Chairman of the department of Physics at Case Western Reserve University 2008 to present (2011, at least) - Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University Scientific Background:Lawrence Krauss is a cosmologist, meaning that he studies the origins of the universe. In fact, he now runs the Origins Project at Arizona State University, which is a "transdisciplinary initiative that nurtures research, energizes teaching, and builds partnerships, offering new possibilities for exploring the most fundamental of questions who we are and where we came from." In this capacity, together with his scientific writing, he seeks to spread knowledge about the origins, evolution, and history of the universe to a general and Scientific Controversies:Lawrence Krauss is not one to shy away from a controversy, and working to find the origins of the universe can certainly cause some controversies. Religion and Science: Though he is an atheist, he often takes a devil's advocate-style position which at times places him in amiable conflict with some more prominent atheists, such as Richard Dawkins (who once said Krauss asked him an "I'm an atheist, " question, which are far harder to tackle than the outright pro-religion questions). It seems that Krauss's goal is to teach everyone - the faithful and the atheist - what science tells us about the universe and its history, not particularly caring about changing their underlying belief Theory Critic: Krauss is one of the most prominent and respected critics of string theory. His 2005 book, Hiding in the Mirror details the history and allure of invoking extra dimensions as a physical explanation, and calls into question whether this is really Writing:Physicists write a lot of academic papers. In fact, according to his website, he has authored "over 300 scientific publications." In addition, Krauss regularly writes editorials, essays, and articles for popular magazines. He's written a number of books for popular audiences, making him one of the most prominent voices in explaining the history of the universe to lay audiences. The Fifth Essence (1991) Fear of Physics (1994) The Physics of Star Trek (1995) Beyond Star Trek (1997) Quintessence (2001) Atom (2002) Hiding in the Mirror (2005) Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science (2010) A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing (Jan. 2012) Awards: Gravity Research Foundation First prize award (1984) Presidential Investigator Award (1986) American Association for the Advancement of Science's Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology (2000) Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize (2001) Andrew Gemant Award (2001) American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award (2002) Oersted Medal (2003) American Physical Society Joseph P. Burton Forum Award (2005) Center for Inquiry World Congress Science in the Public Interest Award (2009) Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Astronomical Society of Canada (2009)

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