Lawrence Krauss directed The Origins Project at Arizona State University and was a professor at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and Department of Physics. He retired from ASU in May 2019. He is now the host of The Origins Podcast and president of The Origins Foundation, established in 2018.
Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, focusing on the origin and evolution of the Universe and the fundamental structure of matter. He has written more than 300 scientific publications and 10 popular books, including the international best-sellers, "The Physics of Star Trek," and "A Universe from Nothing." His latest book, "The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far" was released in 2017. He writes regularly for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the New Yorker, and frequently appears on radio and television, as well as, most recently, in several feature films. Among his numerous awards are included the highest awards from all three U.S. physics societies and the 2012 Public Service Award from the National Science Board.
How to Turn Back the Clock, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Jan 2010.
Primordial Gravitational Waves and Cosmology, with. S. Dodelson, S. Meyer, Science, arxiv: 1004.2504, Science 328 (2010) 989-992.
Probing The Gravitational Wave Signature from Cosmic Phase Transitions, with K. Jones-Smith, H. Mathur, and J. Dent, arXiv: 1003.1735, PhysRevD.82.044001, 2010.
The Use of Nuclear Weapons Against a Civilian Population, in This Will Change Everything, ed J. Brockman, Harper Perennial, Dec 2009.
Judgment Day, New Humanist Magazine, p. 16 March-April 2010.
The Big Bang, Modern Cosmology and the Fate of the Universe: Impacts upon Culture, The Role of Astronomy in Society and Culture Jan 2009, IAU Proceedings, D. Valls-Gaubaud and A. Boksenberg, eds, arxiv: 1002.1952.
The Impact of Dark Matter Micro-halos on Signatures for Direct and Indirect Detection, with A. Schneider, B. Moore, arxiv: 1004.5432, Phys. Rev D82 063525, 2010.
Neutrinos, WMAP, and BBN, with C. Lunardini, C. Smith, arxiv:1009.4666, Nov 2010
A One-Way Ticket to Mars, The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2009.
Forgotten Dreams? A Call to investigate the mysteries of humanity, Scientific American Guest Blog Nov 2010.
The Emperor’s New Missile Defense, Scientific American Guest Blog, Jan 2011.
Rethinking the Dream, Scientific American, April 2011.
Religion no excuse for promoting scientific ignorance, New Scientist, Feb 2011.
Our Spontaneous Universe, The Wall Street Journal, September 8, 2010.
The Gulf Spill and the Limits of Science, The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2010.
The Lies of Science Writing, The Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2010.
Glenn Beck and the science of crowd counts, The Los Angeles Times, Sept 5, 2010.
The Doomsday Clock keeps ticking, The Los Angeles Times, January 22, 2010.
Guns-on-campus bill having chilling effect, The Arizona Republic, March 19, 2011.
No Sacred Mantle, The New York Times, Room for Debate, January 6, 2011.
W/Z Bremsstrahlung as the Dominant Annihilation Channel for Dark Matter, Revisited, with N. Bell, J. Dent, A. Galea, T. Jacques, T. Weiler, arxiv:1104.3823v1, Phys.Lett. B706 (2011) 6-12.
Microhalos and Dark Matter Detection, with A. Schneider, B. Moore, arxiv:1105.4106, PoS IDM2010 (2011) 079.
From One Physicist to Another: Lawrence Krauss Reflects on the Life and Work of Richard Feynman, Scientific American Guest Blog, March 2011.
Rethinking the Dream of Human Spaceflight, Scientific American, April 2011.
Re-ionizing the Universe without Stars, with M. Dopita, R. Sutherland, C. Kobayashi, C. Lineweaver, arxiv: 1106.5546, Astrophys. Space Sci 335 (2011) 345-352.
The space shuttle programme has been a multi-billion-dollar failure, The Guardian, July 21, 2011.
The Shuttle Was a Dud But Space Is Still Our Destiny, The Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s misguided day of prayer, The Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2011.
The War on Science: US science cuts pay for war – and we all suffer, The New Scientist, July 23, 2011.
Dark Matter, Black Holes and the First Stars, The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2011.
A Quantum Life, The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 20, 2011.
CERN and colliding theories, The Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2011.
Voyager Heads for the Stars, The Wall Street Journal, December 10, 2011.
The Hunting of the Higgs: what is it and why does it matter?, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, December 12, 2011.
What is the Higgs boson and why does it matter?, New Scientist , December 13, 2011.
Why one Higgs boson will not be enough, The Guardian, December 13, 2011.
Remembering Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, December 23, 2011.
To the Moon, Newt!, Slate Magazine, January 27, 2012.
Constraints on Light Hidden Sector Gauge Bosons from Supernova Cooling, with J. Dent, F. Ferrer, arxiv:1201.2683, January 2012.
The faithful must learn to respect those who question their beliefs, The Guardian, February 07, 2012.
Why we need college degrees more than we need faith, The Washington Post, February 28, 2012.
Why Are Religious Beliefs Off Limits?, The Huffington Post, March 05, 2012.
Does Conservatism Have to Be Synonymous With Ignorance, The Huffington Post, March 14, 2012.
Countdown to the Man-Made Apocalypse, Slate Magazine, March 16, 2012.
Americans Deserve a Presidential Science Debate, The Huffington Post, March 19, 2012.
A Universe Without Purpose, The Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2012.
Join the real world and show faith in reasoned debate, The Sydney Morning Herald, April 14, 2012.
It’s Time for the U.S. To Finally Sign the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty, Slate Magazine, April 25, 2012.
The Consolation of Philosophy, Scientific American, April 27, 2012.
Did the Universe Arise from Nothing?, World Science Festival Blog, May 10, 2012.
Does Religious Liberty Equal Freedom to Discriminate?, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, May 28, 2012.
The Dark-Matter Ages, Slate Magazine, June 14, 2012.
A Quantum Leap, Slate Magazine, July 04, 2012.
Higgs and the holy grail of physics, CNN.com, July 06, 2012.
How the Higgs Boson Posits a New Story of our Creation, Newsweek Magazine, July 09, 2012.
A Blip That Speaks of Our Place in the Universe, The New York Times, July 09, 2012.
Romney: Grounded in the Galaxy?, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, August 23, 2012.
Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life?, The Guardian, September 08, 2012.
Searching for Dark Matter at the LHC with a Mono-Z, with N. Bell, J. Dent, A. Galea, T. Jacques, T. Weiler, arxiv: 1209.0231, Phys. Rev. D 86, 096011, 2012.
With Limited Budgets, Pursuing Science Smartly, The New York Times, October 01, 2012.
Bombing the Test, Slate Magazine, October 03, 2012.
Whose Space-Exploration Policy Is Better—Obama’s or Romney’s?, Slate Magazine, October 04, 2012.
A Quiet, Faraway Milestone for Humanity, The Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2012.
Finding New Planets: Tracking a Star’s Wobble, Newsweek Magazine, October 22, 2012.
Mormonism in the Mainstream? Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason, October 23, 2012.
Italy blames the messengers, The Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2012.
Out of the Dark, Cosmos Magazine, November 20, 2012.
Why must the nation grieve with God? CNN, December 26, 2012.
The Higgs Boson Hangover, Slate, January 4, 2013.
One Universe, Edge, January 11, 2013.
An open letter to President Obama: The time on the Doomsday Clock is five minutes to midnight, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 14, 2013.
CDM and Baryons as Distinct Fluids in a Linear Approximation for the Growth of Structure, with S. De and J. Dent, arXiv: 1302.0941, Phys Rev D 88 (2013) 023510.
How Close Are We to Doomsday?, Slate, January 15, 2013.
Deafness at Doomsday, The New York Times, January 15, 2013.
Additional Light Sterile Neutrinos and Cosmology, with T. Jacques and C. Lunardini, arxiv: 1301.3119, Phys Rev D. 86 (2013) 083515.
A Guide to Understanding Nothing, Big Think, February 6, 2013.
LHC’s First Act: Higgs Found, Other Weird Physics Still at Large, Wired, February 13, 2013.
Are We All Martians? How Recent Discoveries Raise the Possibility, The Daily Beast, March 23, 2013.
Scientists Need to Throw Out Ideas Like Yesterday’s Paper, Big Think, April 5, 2013.
Did You Hear About the Real-Life Invisibility Cloak?, Slate, April 10, 2013.
Front Row at the Dawn of Time, The New York Times, April 12, 2013.
We Don't "Know It All." But Here's What's Worth Celebrating, Big Think, April 28, 2013.
Cutting Carbon Dioxide Isn’t Enough, Slate, May 13, 2013.
A Higgs–Saw Mechanism as a Source for Dark Energy, with J. Dent, arXiv:1306.3239v1, PRL 111 (2013) 061802.
The Scientific Reach of Multi-Ton Scale Dark Matter Direct Detection Experiments, with J. Newstead, T. Jacques, J. Dent, and F Ferrer, arXiv:1306.3239v1, Phys. Rev. D 88 (2013) 076011.
Mandating Scientific Discovery Never Works, Slate, June 21, 2013.
Letting Go of Our Nukes, The New York Times, July 6, 2013.
Pope John Paul II and the trouble with miracles, July 7, 2013.
Damping of Primordial Gravitational Waves from Generalized Sources, with J. Dent, S. Sabharwal, and T. Vacaspati, arxiv: 1307.7571, Phys Rev D 88 (2013) 084008.
A Tweeting Pope Raises Questions about Social Media's Effect on the Church, The Daily Beast, September 20, 2013.
Gravitino Leptogenesis, with A. Long, and S. Sabharwal, arxiv:1309.1454, Phys. Rev. D 90 (2014) 043503.
Using Cosmology to Establish the Quantization of Gravity, with F. Wilczek, arxiv:1309.5342, Phys. Rev. D 89 (2014) 047501.
The Next Thing We Need To Do About Carbon, The New Yorker, October 2, 2013.
Metastability of the False Vacuum in a Higgs-Seesaw Model of Dark Energy, with A. Long, arxiv:1310.5361, Phys. Rev. D 89 (2014)103525.
What Does the Future of the Universe Hold?, Smithsonian Magazine, December 16, 2013.
Five minutes is too close, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 13, 2014.
The Edge Annual Question 2014: "What Scientific Idea is Ready for Retirement?", Edge, January 16, 2014.
Why the One Appealing Part of Creationism is Wrong, The New Yorker, February 19, 2014.
Why Hollywood Thinks Atheism is Bad for Business, The New Yorker, March 5, 2014.
The New 'Cosmos' Reboot Marks a Promising New Era for Science, The Daily Beast, March 9, 2014.
A Scientific Breakthrough Lets Us See to the Beginning of Time, The New Yorker, March 17, 2014.
Is Higgs Inflation Ruled Out?, with J. Cook, A. Long, and S. Sabharwal, arxiv:1403.4971, Phys. Rev. D89 103525 (2014).
Killing the Straw Man: Does BICEP Prove Inflation?, with J. Dent and H. Mathur, arxiv:1403.5166, Phys.Lett. B736 (2014) 305.
I have No Idea How I Ended Up in that Stupid Geocentrism Documentary, Slate, April 8, 2014.
Science Funding is a National Investment - Not an Expense, The Conversation, June 9, 2014.
From B Modes to Quantum Gravity and Unification of Forces, with F. Wilczek, arxiv: 1404.0634, Int.J.Mod.Phys. D23 (2014) 1001 (First Place Essay Winner, Gravity Research Foundation).
Peering Back to the Beginning of Time, APS Physics 7, 64 (2014).
Climate Change: If we pretend it isn’t happening, will it go away?, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, July 23, 2014.
Hawking Evaporation is Inconsistent with a Classical Event Horizon at e=2M, with B. Chowdhury, arxiv: 1409.0187, August 31, 2014.
How Big Bang Gravitational Waves Could Revolutionize Physics Scientific American, October 01, 2014.
Stephen Hawking’s work just might explain our place in the cosmos, National Post, November 19, 2014.
If You Don’t Accept That Climate Change Is Real, You’re Not a Skeptic. You’re a Denier., Slate, December 16, 2014.
Scientists as celebrities: Bad for science or good for society?, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, January 10, 2015.
No, Astrobiology has not made a case for God, The New Yorker, January 24, 2015.
Science, Religion, and Culture in the light of Paris and Charlie Hebdo, Science, Religion, and Culture, January 27, 2015.
UNC Isn’t Charlie Hebdo, and Thomas Paine Isn’t Osama Bin Laden, Huffington Post, February 13, 2015.
Teaching Doubt, The New Yorker, March 15, 2015.
Introduction to Haydn’s The Creation, ASU Gammage Auditorium April 2015.
Reheating predictions in single field inflation, with J. Cook, E. Dimastrogiovanni, and D. Easson, arxiv:1502.04673, JCAP 1504 (2015) 047.
A General Analysis of Direct Dark matter Detection: From Microphysics to Observational Signatures, with J. Dent, J. Newstead, and S. Sabharwal, arxiv:1505.03117, Phys. Rev. D92 (2015) 6, May 2015.
The Big Unanswered Questions, Huffington Post Blog, May 14, 2015.
Ideology Subsumes Empiricism in Pope’s Climate Encyclical, Scientific American Blog, June 18, 2015.
Large Slow Roll Parameters in Single Field Inflation, with J. Cook, arxiv:1508.03647, JCAP1603 (2016) no. 03, 028.
All Scientists Should Be Militant Atheists, The New Yorker, September 8, 2015.
Ben Carson’s Scientific Ignorance, The New Yorker, September 28, 2015.
The Trouble with Theories of Everything, Nautilus, October 1, 2015.
What Neutrinos Reveal, The New Yorker, October 8, 2015.
“What, Me Worry?”, in John Brockman’s (Ed) What to Think About Machines that Think, p. 171-174 (2015).
Tangled Up in Entanglement, The New Yorker, October 31, 2015.
70 years of speaking knowledge to power, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, November 24, 2015.
Constraints on Gravitino Decay and the Scale of Inflation using CMB spectral distortions, with E. Dimatrogiovanni and J. Chlubac, arxiv: 1512.09212, Phys. Rev. D94 (2016) no. 2, 023518, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/03/028
Why the Humanist Magazine Matters, The Humanist, December 22, 2015.
Thinking Rationally about Terror, The New Yorker, January 2, 2016.
Still Three Minutes to Midnight, The New Yorker, January 26, 2016.
How a Celebrity’s Silly Belief in Flat Earth Can Be Useful, Slate, January 29, 2016.
Finding Beauty in the Darkness, The New York Times, February 12, 2016.
Put an Atheist on the Supreme Court, The New Yorker, February 19, 2016.
The Blind Leading the Dumb, Huffington Post Blog, March 22, 2016.
Sound Speed and Viscosity of Semi-Relativistic Relic Neutrinos, with A. Long, arxiv: 1604.00886, JCAP 1607 (2016) no.07, 002, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/07/002.
The Fantasy of the Deathbed Conversion, The New Yorker, July 6, 2016.
DARWIN: towards the ultimate dark matter detector, with J. Aalbers, et al., arxiv: 1606.07001, JCAP 1611 (2016) no. 11, 017, DOI: 10.1088/1475-7516/2016/11/017.
The Bump That Wasn’t, Scientific American, August 9, 2016.
Trump’s Anti-Science Campaign, The New Yorker, August 21, 2016.
How Much More Can We Learn About the Universe, Nautilus, September 1, 2016.
Twenty Science Questions for Donald Trump, The New Yorker, September 13, 2016.
The House Science Committee’s Anti-Science Rampage, The New Yorker, September 14, 2016.
Gravity’s Black Rainbow, The New York Review of Books, September 29, 2016.
The Real Nuclear Threat, The New Yorker, October 13, 2016.
Donald Trump’s War on Science, The New Yorker, December 13, 2016.
Rick Perry is the Wrong Choice for Energy Secretary, The New York Times, December 13, 2016.
Vera Rubin: 1928-2016, Scientific American Blog, December 26, 2016.
Uncertainty, Edge, January 1, 2017.
Thanks to Trump, the Doomsday Clock Advances Towards Midnight, with David Titley, The New York Times, January 26, 2017.
Why the Trump Immigration Ban is Bad for the U.S. and Bad for the World, Scientific American Blog, January 30, 2017.
A Brief History of the Grand Unified Theory of Physics, Nautilus, March 16, 2017.
The Greatest Story Ever Told, So Far, 52 Insights, March 18, 2017.
Killing Science and Culture Doesn’t Make the Nation Stronger, Scientific American Blog, March 21, 2017.
The End of The Universe As We Know It, The New Yorker, March 23, 2017.
These “Waves” May Let Us See the Big Bang’s Earliest Moments, NBC News, April 12, 2017.
March for Science or March for Reality?, Scientific American Blog, April 20, 2017.
What is Science Good For?, The New Yorker, April 21, 2017.
Trump’s Budget: Making America Less Great, Scientific American, May 31, 2017
Damn the federal torpedoes, full speed ahead, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, June 2, 2017
∆Neff and entropy production from early-decaying gravitinos, with E. Dimatrogiovanni, arxiv: 1706.01495, June 2017
Whatever You Do, Do Not Take Your Eyes Off Trump’s War on Science, Slate, July 25, 2017
North Korea, Donald Trump and the ticking Doomsday Clock, Los Angeles Times, August 13, 2017
Pondering Voyagers’ Interstellar Journeys, and Our Own, The New York Times, September 5, 2017
Why Science-fiction Writers Couldn’t Imagine the Internet, Slate, September 11, 2017
The World Needs a Terrestrial Sputnik Moment, The Atlantic, October 4, 2017
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1984, First Prize Award, Gravity Research Foundation
1986, Presidential Young Investigator Award
1997, Glover Award for Distinction in Physics Achievement and Physics Education,Dickenson College, PA.
2000, Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Citation: For global impact as a science communicator and the ability to maintain an active science career while writing several books about physics for the general public.
2001, Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society. Citation: For outstanding contributions to the understanding of the early universe, and extraordinary achievement in communicating the essence of physical science to the general public.
2001, Andrew R. Gemant Award, American Institute of Physics. Citation: To Professor Lawrence Krauss for excellence in the interpretation of physics to the public through numerous newspaper and magazine articles, books, lectures, and television productions. Krauss is especially commended for his communication of sound scientific literacy through timely opinion pieces and books, and for his efforts to address incorrect popular interpretations of science disseminated in the mass media.
2002, American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for Atom, An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth and Beyond
2002, Humanism Award, Free Inquirers of Northeast Ohio
2002, Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers.
2004, Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement: Science and Technology
2005, Joseph A. Burton Forum Award, American Physical Society, Citation: For major contributions in defending science in the schools through his efforts in combating the opponents of teaching evolution, and for continuing to enhance the public understanding of contemporary physics
2009, Center for Inquiry World Congress Award for Scholarship in the Public Interest.
2009, Friend of Darwin Award, National Center for Science Education
2009, Helen Sawyer Hogg Prize of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Astronomical Society of Canada
2012, National Science Board 2012 Public Service Award
2013, Roma Award Urbs Universalis
2014, Academia Film Olomouc award for Outstanding Communication of Science
2014, Gravity Research Foundation Essay Award
2015, American Humanist Association’s Humanist of the Year
2016, Richard Dawkins Award2016, Freedom From Religion’s “Emperor Has No Clothes Award”
2007- NASA Primordial Polarization Program Definition Team
2007- Scientific Organizing Committee, International Astronomical Union Symposium, Astronomy
2007 Scientific Organizing Committee, Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics
2007- Steering Committee, Science Debate 2008
2008 Science Advisory Committee, Barack Obama Presidential Campaign
2009- Panel on Public Affairs, American Physical Society
2009- Chair, Board of Sponsors, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
2009 Advisory Board, Dark Matter International Workshop
2009 Chair, Board of Directors, Science Friday Foundation
2010 - 2015 Board of Directors, Federation of American Scientists
2011 International Advisory Committee, Identification of Dark Matter Conference
2012 Board of Directors Center for Inquiry
2012 Physics Editorial Board for the College Access Project
2012 APS Forum on Physics & Science Executive Committee
2013 Chair, Board of Governors, Australia-New Zealand Institute of Theoretical Physics
2013 Member, International Academy of Humanists
2015 Chair, Board of Sponsors, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
2015 Board of Experts, Federation of American Scientists
2016 Advisory Committee, Breakthrough Starshot