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Astrophysicist, Author Discusses Mysteries of Universe for SNC


April 21, 2001

[ Lawrence Krauss Photo ]DELAWARE, OHIO -- On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Lawrence M. Krauss, Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics, Professor of Astronomy, and Chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, talks about the history of the cosmos. By centering his lecture, titled "An Atom from Ohio Wesleyan: A Cosmic Mystery Story," around the long life of a single oxygen atom, Prof. Krauss expertly guides his public from the beginning to the end of the cosmos. This journey will confront some of the most exciting new discoveries as well as the greatest outstanding puzzles in physics, cosmology, geology, and biology. The event, part of the annual Sagan National Colloquium lecture series, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

Professor Krauss is the author of numerous books, popular articles, and scientific publications. Translated into 13 languages, his book, The Physics of Star Trek was a national bestseller and sold over 200,000 copies in the U.S. In April 2001 the book, entitled Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth ... and Beyond was released. In this work, Lawrence Krauss describes the journey of an oxygen atom throughout our universe. The story triggered the attention of Public Television, which is planning to produce a five-part TV series, hosted by Krauss, to be based on the book. Krauss is also the author of Beyond Star Trek, Quintessence: The Mystery of the Missing Mass, Fear of Physics, and The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe, which was named Astronomy Book of the Year by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

Lawrence Krauss received his B.Sc. in mathematics and physics from Carleton University in Ottawa and his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1999-2000 Award for the Public Understanding of Science and Technology, provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the 2001 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 16th year at Ohio Wesleyan University. Lectures are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335 or visit snc.owu.edu.