The question, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?’ has been asked for millenia by people who argue for a creator of our Universe. Taking a trip back to the beginning of the beginning and the end of the end, and reviewing the remarkable developments in cosmology and particle physics over the past 40 years that have revolutionised our picture of the universe, Lawrence Krauss leads an exploration of the discoveries that have revolutionised our understanding of both nothing and something. It has become clear that not only could our universe have naturally arisen from nothing, without supernatural shenanigans, but also that it probably did. Chair: Robyn Williams from ABC Radio National’s The Science Show.
Lawrence Krauss (International)
Lawrence M. Krauss is a renowned cosmologist and science populariser, and is foundation professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. Hailed by Scientific American as a rare public intellectual, he is also the author of more than 300 scientific publications and nine books, including the international bestseller, The Physics of Star Trek, and his most recent bestseller A Universe from Nothing, being translated into 20 languages. Internationally known for his work in theoretical physics and cosmology, he is the only physicist to have received major awards from all three US physics societies. A new feature film, The Unbelievers, following Krauss and Richard Dawkins as they traveled around the world discussing science and reason, has its world premiere in 2013 and will soon appear in theaters.