|On Target (September 1998)|
Journey through physics of Star Trek, real world with acclaimed physicist
Mark your calendar: Oct. 14, 7 p.m., CEBAF Center auditorium.
Then be there to take an eye-opening ride with internationally known physicist Lawrence Krauss as he guides you on a warp speed journey through the Star Trek universe, which he uses as a launching pad into the fascinating world of modern physics.
Through the use of slides, props and video clips, as well as wit and charm, the author of The Physics of Star Trek deals with topics ranging from time travel to warp speed, from the Big Bang to the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. The lecture also features selections from his Top Ten Physics Bloopers from the series, gleaned in part from many of the most distinguished physicist-trekkies in the world. Krauss is a seasoned lecturer and author with vast experience communicating his joy of physics to audiences. For Trekkies and non-Trekkies alike, this charming and accessible lecture will add new dimensions to your view of the Star Trek universe, and enhance your appreciation of the universe in which we live.
Professor Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including 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. He has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. He was born in New York City and moved shortly thereafter to Toronto, Canada, where he grew up.
Krauss is the author of over 150 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and is an acclaimed teacher and lecturer noted for his ability to reach out to audiences. He appears frequently on radio and television around the world, as well as being a regular contributor to many newspapers and magazines including the New York Times. He has lectured to both high school and elementary school students and their teachers as well as teaching courses at all university levels.
He is the author of several popular books, including: The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe (Basic Books, 1989), which was named Astronomy Book of the Year by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and Fear of Physics (Basic Books, 1993) which has been translated into 12 languages. For this book, he was a finalist for the American Institute of Physics 1994 Science Writing Award.
His next book, The Physics of Star Trek, was released in November of 1995 and sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S. It was a national bestseller.
It was widely praised, reviewed by the major media, and is being translated into 13 languages, and was the basis of a BBC TV production. A U.S. television production, to be narrated by Prof. Krauss, is currently planned.
His most recent book, Beyond Star Trek, was released in November 1997 and is already under contract for 5 foreign editions.
Krauss is now preparing a new Introductory Physics text for non-science majors in association with Prentice Hall, to be released in 1999, and has just contracted with Little Brown and Co., to produce a new book entitled, Genesis: The Lives of an Atom, to appear in 1999. Public television is currently negotiating to produce a 6-part TV series based on this book.
Due to the popularity of this public lecture, everyone attending must have a ticket. Call ext. 7689 to get your tickets, or for more
information. The free tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.