Wednesday 20 February, 2013

A Universe from Nothing

Prof Lawrence Krauss,  Arizona State University

Lawrence Krauss 300The question, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” has been asked for millenia by people who speculate on the need for a creator of our Universe.  Today, exciting scientific advances provide new insight into this cosmological mystery: Not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

Lawrence Krauss will present a mind-bending trip back to the beginning of the beginning and the end of the end, reviewing the remarkable developments in cosmology and particle physics over the past 20 years that have revolutionized our picture of the origin of the universe, and of its future, and which have literally revolutionized our understanding of both nothing, and something.  In the process, it has become clear that  not only can our universe naturally arise from nothing, without supernatural shenanigans, but that it probably did.

  • Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm, Wednesday 20 February, 2013 (doors open at 6:15pm).
  • Venue: UQ Centre Building #27A, Lecture Theatre/Room 220.
  • Arrangements: Registrations have closed for this event. Please email Aarti Kapoor (a.kapoor@uq.edu.au) if you have registered to attend this event but are unable to come.
  • Wesbite: Please click here for more details.

Prof. Lawrence M. Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. Prof. Krauss received undergraduate degrees in both Mathematics and Physics at Carleton University and Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1982). Since then Prof. Krauss has held positions at Yale University, Case Western Reserve University and is currently a  Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.

Prof. Krauss is the author of over 300 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and writing, including the Gravity Research Foundation First Prize Award, the Presidential Investigator Award, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology.

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