April 05, 2012

Astronomy lecture topic: Did universe come from nothing?

Posted: April 05, 2012
The Hubble Ultra Deep Field showcases galaxies from an ancient era when the Universe was younger, denser, and warmer according to the Big Bang theory.
Photo by: NASA and the European Space Agency

Lawrence Krauss, internationally known theoretical physicist and foundation professor in ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics, will speak on “A Universe From Nothing” at 7 p.m., April 27, in Bateman Physical Sciences Center F-173 on the Tempe campus.

Krauss’s lecture will be followed by an Astronomy Open House from 8 to 10 p.m. on the roof Bateman Physical Sciences Center H-Wing.

Krauss, whose most recent book is also titled “A Universe From Nothing,” said he would describe “the revolutions that have taken place in our understanding of the Universe, and of space and time, that suggest that our Universe could have arisen naturally from nothing at all.”

Krauss’s research covers science from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe. His research interests include the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe.

He is the winner of the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board. The NSB is the 25-member policymaking body for the National Science Foundation and advisory body to the President and Congress on science and engineering issues.

The open house will feature a meteorite dig and meteorite display, new high-resolution Moon images, a GEO Club rock display, a planetarium show and telescope viewings, which will include mars and the Orion Nebula.

To get to the open house, go to the main entrance to the Bateman H-wing. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Tyler Street Parking Garage. From the parking garage go west along the University Drive sidewalk (toward campus) until you see signs leading you to the entrance.

Though both events are free, an R.S.V.P. is requested for the lecture at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3293447791.

For more information about the lecture and open house, contact Teresa Ashcraft at teresa.ashcraft@asu.edu, or go to http://astopenhouse.com.

Judith Smith, jps@asu.edu
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