Lawrence M. Krauss is a renowned cosmologist, scientific educator, defender of reason and skepticism, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Hailed by Scientific American as a rare public intellectual, he is the author of more than three hundred scientific publications and 8 books, including the bestselling The Physics of Star Trek, and the recipient of numerous international awards for his research and writing, and also frequently appears on radio and television. He is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics.
He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982 then joined the Harvard Society of Fellows, followed by Professorships at Yale, Chairmanship at Case Western Reserve, and then moving in 2008 to accept a position as Foundation Professor at ASU. Krauss is also one of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture. For example, besides his radio and television work, Krauss has performed solo with the Cleveland Orchestra, narrating Gustav Holst’s The Planets at the Blossom Music Center in the most highly attended concert at that venue, and was nominated for a Grammy award for his liner notes for a Telarc CD of music from Star Trek. In 2005 he also served as a jury member at the Sundance Film Festival. His newest book, A Universe from Nothing, to appear in January 2012, with a foreword by Christopher Hitchens and afterword by Richard Dawkins follows on his wildly popular YouTube lecture of the same name and represents a major new contribution to scientific atheism.
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