Lawrence M. Krauss

Lawrence Maxwell Krauss ( born May 27, 1954 in New York City ) is an American theoretical physicist, the particular deals with cosmology. He is the author of several bestsellers, including " The Physics of Star Trek ".


Krauss was born in New York City and grew up in Toronto. He studied at Carleton University and his PhD in 1982 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then entered Harvard associate (as a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows ) and from 1985 assistant professor and in 1988 professor at Yale University. From 1993 he was professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western Reserve University, until 2005 Chairman of the Physics Department and in 2002 director of the Center for Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University. Since 2008 he is a professor at Arizona State University, where he is director of the Origins Initiative, a center that provides interdisciplinary deals with the origins of the cosmos, of man, of consciousness and culture.

Krauss is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Krauss is concerned among other things with the early universe, the nature of dark matter, neutrino astrophysics, and ( in continuation of the considerations of a classic essay by Freeman Dyson ) about the future of life in the universe. He is the author of several popular science books, for which he was awarded with high prices. He is also known in the United States through nationwide public lectures to the popularization of science, and is also active in the fight against creationism.

Lawrence Krauss, 2007 was again of talk in a publication of New Scientist in which he mentions the possibility that as yet undiscovered dark matter and dark energy can lead to an earlier end of the universe. He refers to the so-called quantum Zeno effect, the theory that the inflationary expansion of the universe was created by the decay of a false vacuum that has still retained some of its energy, and the fact that from the measurement of the universe by observing distant supernovae in the 1990s, the detection of dark energy in vacuo afforded.

Under the title A Universe from Nothing Krauss gave a series of lectures, in which he explains the origin of the universe so that the empty space is not really empty but the fact that there are quantum dynamically possible virtual particles. This is shown in his recent book with the above title detail and catchy.


  • The Fifth Essence: Search for dark matter in the universe, Basic Books 1989, 1991, ISBN 0-465-02377-0.
  • The Physics of Star Trek, Basic Books 1995, 2007, ISBN 0-465-00559-4, foreword by Stephen Hawking German edition: The Physics of Star Trek, Heyne 1996, ISBN 978-3453109810
  • German edition: Assume the cow is a sphere. Only No fear of physics, DVA 1996 paperback edition DTV 1998, ISBN 3-421-02772-2


  • Cosmological Antigravity, Scientific American, January 1999
  • Questions plague did physics, Interview, Scientific American, August 2004
  • Cosmology with Robert Scherrer End of? . An accelerating universe wipes out traces of its own origin, Scientific American, March 2008
  • With Scherrer The return of the static universe and the end of cosmology, Relativity and Gravitation Journal of General, Volume 39, 2007, pp. 1545-1550
  • Glenn Starkman: Life, the universe and nothing: life and death in a ever expanding universe, Astroph. J., Volume 531, 2000, p.22
  • With Starkman The fate of life in the universe, Scientific American, November 1999
  • With Starkman: The fate of life in the universe, in: Scientific American, February 2000 ( also available in spectrum dossier cosmology, 2000)
  • Michael Turner A cosmic conundrum, Scientific American, September 2004
  • Michael Turner Geometry and destiny, General Relativity and Gravitation, Volume 31, 1999, pp. 1453-1459
  • Michael Turner The cosmological constant is back, General Relativity and Gravitation, Volume 27, 1995, pp. 1137-1144