Title of Lecture: An Atom From Vancouver
Overview: In a captivating and engaging talk, internationally renowned theoretical physicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss will trace the story of a single atom — from the beginning of the Universe, before atoms themselves existed, until the end, as we currently envisage it. This atom's story will lead us to confront some of the most exciting new discoveries in physics, cosmology, geology, and biology, as well as some lessons about our own place in the Universe.
Lawrence Krauss Biography
Lawrence M. Krauss is an international leader in cosmology and astrophysics, author of over 250 scientific papers, and winner of numerous national and international awards. He is the author of several popular-science books, including the international bestseller The Physics of Star Trek; a regular essayist for the New York Times, the LA Times, the Wall St. Journal; a radio commentator; a columnist for Scientific American; and appears regularly on television.
Krauss’ broad interests make him a highly sought-after public lecturer. He regularly appears in national media for public outreach in science, is active in issues probing the relationship between science and government, religion and society, and is internationally recognized as a theoretical physicist with research interests ranging from the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity, neutrino astrophysics and the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology.
Krauss is Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Departments, Associate Director of the Beyond Center, Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative and Founding Director of the new Origins Initiative at Arizona State University, which will explore questions ranging from the origin of the Universe to the origins of human culture and cognition. Krauss was born in New York City, but grew up in Toronto, and attended Carleton University in Ottawa. He received his PhD from MIT in 1982, then joined the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He was appointed as a professor of physics and astronomy at Yale University in 1985, and joined Case Western as Chair of Physics from 1993 until 2005. During this period he built an internationally ranked research centre, and created such novel new programs as the Physics Entrepreneurship Masters Program.