Show 450: Lawrence M. Krauss on “The Unbelievers”

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Lawrence M. Krauss on “The Unbelievers”

Where did the universe come from? Is an intelligent creator necessary to have set the Big Bang in motion? Theoretical physicist & cosmologist Lawrence Krauss doesn’t think so, and neither says the scientific evidence.

Krauss laid out that evidence last year in his book,  “A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing”, demonstrating that it’s at least possible for a universe to arise spontaneously out of nothing. He’s also been giving talks and participating in debates, promoting science and unbelief, and this year he features with Richard Dawkins in a new documentary film called “The Unbelievers”, in which they travel the country promoting unbelief.

Krauss returns to the show to discuss science, religion, the universe from nothing, and why it’s important to talk about and debate these things. He will also discuss his new film, and much more. Krauss is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist who is a professor of physics at Arizona State University, where he also serves as Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration and director of the Origins Project. He is most well known for his contributions to cosmology, as he was one of the first physicists to suggest that most of the mass and energy of the universe resides in empty space, an idea now widely known as dark energy.

Show 394: Lawrence Krauss on “Why there is Something rather than Nothing?”

Lawrence Krauss on “Why there is Something rather than Nothing?”

A question often asked of non-theists is “why is there something rather than nothing?” The question is not so much a religious or philosophical question, but rather a question about the natural world. Finding a satisfying answer is difficult, but is becoming easier to reach as exciting scientific advances have provided new insight into this cosmological question. Presenting such complex information in a relatively simple way is a challenge, one that physicist Lawrence Krauss takes on in his book A Universe From Nothing, providing thoughtful arguments along with wry humor.

Lawrence Krauss is a theoretical physicist who is a professor of physics, Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Quantum Man: Richard Feynman’s Life in Science, The Physics of Star Trek, and, the focus of this show, A Universe from Nothing.