| The poetry of reality|
|We must know. |
We will know.
|A view from the|
shoulders of giants.
“”The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements — the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution — weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.
|—Lawrence M. Krauss|
Lawrence M. Krauss is a Canadian-American theoretical physicist, cosmologist, purveyor of popular science, and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, as well as being Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Department of Physics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the same institution. Previously he was director of the Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics at Case Western Reserve University. He is fascinated with nothing and dedicates entire tomes to absolutely nothing at all.
Krauss believes the Universe sprang from nothing, in that nothing is in fact something because if there is the potential for something, via the laws of physics, then nothing can become something therefore you can't have nothing and the laws of physics will always ensure something. His lecture on the subject at the Atheist Alliance International conference in 2009 has been viewed over a million times on YouTube and led to a pop science book on the topic of the origins, and fate, of the Universe.
He is the author of the books, The Physics of Star Trek (yes, Star Trek is real) and A Universe from Nothing.
- "A Universe From Nothing" by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009 (16:50-17:23)
- The lecture in question. The original had over a million hits before being DMCA'd. Now re-uploaded