Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Physicist, Cosmologist and Best-Selling Author Lawrence Krauss Comes to UNO Campus

KraussTheoretical physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author Lawrence Krauss comes to campus Saturday to give a lecture on the origins of the universe and human existence.

The University of New Orleans Society of Physics Students and Student Government bring to campus next week theoretical physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author Lawrence Krauss for a lecture on the origins of the universe and human existence.

"An Evening with Lawrence Krauss: A Universe from Nothing" starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in the University Center Grand Ballroom. Members of the UNO community and the public are invited to attend this free lecture. Doors open at 6 p.m. for students and faculty with ID and at 6:30 p.m. for the general public.

Seating is limited and guests are encouraged to arrive early, said Isaac Meisenheimer, president of the UNO Society of Physics Students. He is expecting a crowd.

Krauss, whose book A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing, appeared on The New York Times bestseller list in January, is described as an advocate of scientific skepticism, science education and the science of morality. His latest book is an expansion of a popular lecture Krauss gave to the Richard Dawkins Foundation at the 2009 Atheist Alliance International conference. The book includes an afterword by evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins. The late journalist and author Christopher Hitchens, who scribed a number of best-selling and controversial works, including God Is Not Great, had been slated to write the foreword but died before he could complete it.

"With his characteristic wry humor and wonderfully clear explanations, Krauss takes us back to the beginning of the beginning, presenting the most recent evidence for how our universe evolved—and the implications for how it's going to end," reads a synopsis of Krauss's best-selling book.

"It will provoke, challenge, and delight listeners as Dr. Krauss looks at the most basic underpinnings of existence in a whole new way. And this knowledge that our universe will be quite different in the future from today has profound implications and directly affects how we live in the present. As Richard Dawkins has described it: This could potentially be the most important scientific book with implications for supernaturalism since Darwin.

"A fascinating antidote to outmoded philosophical and religious thinking, A Universe from Nothing is a provocative, game-changing entry into the debate about the existence of God and everything that exists."

Read a New York Times article about best-selling author and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss >>