Krauss to discuss Lawrence, ‘galactic travelers inside us’

July 27, 2001

Krauss to discuss Lawrence, ‘galactic travelers inside us’

Lawrence M. Krauss, an internationally known theoretical physicist, will present “The Atoms Inside Us: Restless Galactic Travelers,” in honor of the centennial celebration of the birth of Ernest O. Lawrence.

Krauss’ talk is part of the Director’s Distinguished Lecturer Series and takes place at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in the Bldg. 123 auditorium. Director Bruce Tarter invites all employees to attend.

Krauss will discuss how the trillions and trillions of elemental particles that are in every part of us are actually restless galactic travelers that belong to us only temporarily. Lawrence says that atoms drift through space and time, reconstituting as stars, planets and people in the ultimate recycling process.
“I’ve always thought that one of the most poetic things I know about science is that almost every atom in our bodies was at some time inside an exploding star,” said Krauss.

Krauss is the Ambrose Swasey professor of physics, professor of astronomy, and chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University. His wide research interests include 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.

Krauss has previously appeared at the Lab to discuss “The Physics of Star Trek,” based on his best-selling book of
the same name. His DDLS lecture will also touch on the life and times of Lawrence, for whom both LLNL and Lawrence Berkeley lab are named. Lawrence was born on Aug. 8, 1901 and died Aug. 27, 1958. The Krauss talk kicks off a number of centennial events that will take place in coming months at the Lab, including a special display at the Visitors Center in August. More details will appear in future editions of Newsline.

Krauss is the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including the Gravity Research Foundation First Prize Award (1984), and the Presidential Investigator Award (1986), and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. In 1985 he joined the faculty of Physics at Yale University, and moved to take his current appointment in 1993.

Krauss is the author of over 180 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. In addition, Krauss is the author of six popular books, among them “Atom: An Odyssey From the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond,” “Fear of Physics” and two titles discussing the physics of “Star Trek.”

In 2000, Krauss was awarded the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology. He also received the 2001 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society for “outstanding contributions to the understanding of the early universe, and achievement in communicating physical science to the general public.”

Krauss’ DDLS will be broadcast on Lab Channel 2 Thursday, Aug. 9, at 10 a.m., noon, 2, 4, and 8 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 10, at 4 a.m.