Lawrence Krauss Interview – Prominent People Project

Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Thoughts | 6 comments

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with  people who are prominent in the worlds of atheism, science, skepticism and rational thought.

This interview is the first live audio interview I’ve conducted, with prominent Professor of Physics and theoretical astrophysicist Dr Lawrence Krauss. Most famously known for his lectures on astrophysics, his appearances on TV documentaries such as “How The Universe Works”, and his famous talk “A Universe From Nothing”, introduced by Richard Dawkins.

What drew me to Dr Krauss as a scientific hero is his most famous quotation, a mind-blowing and humbling proposition:

“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 and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to 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.

Dr Krauss was recently in Melbourne, and we’d planned to meet up, but had some problems with getting in touch with each other, but I was able to catch him for a short interview over Skype. While he was pressed for time (he was here on business, not pleasure), he was able to answer some of my biggest questions, yet I could have picked his brains for hours! He is a charming and extremely intelligent man, and I hope you enjoy this podcast. I will post a transcript of this interview at a later date.

(Audio file is below the photograph)

Professor Lawrence Krauss

Professor Lawrence Krauss

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Or you can download the mp3 directly here!

Thank you so much Dr Krauss for your time, and patience with my constant pestering.

VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)
Lawrence Krauss Interview – Prominent People Project, 10.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating

6 Comments

  1. Hi Marty,

    Nice interview. I’m wondering if we might be able to get a directably-downloadable MP3 file or something similar?

    Cheers,
    Luke

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
    • Luke, ther is a download link under the flash player now. :D Thanks for dropping by!

      VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
      Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
  2. Great interview. Only one criticism – I wish it was longer.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
  3. Loved it. Thank you

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
  4. KUDOS MARTY!!! another great and interesting interview! keep ’em coming please…

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
  5. I only wish it could’ve been longer :) Great work, and a good listen! Thanks Marty!

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Atheism is a natural outcome | Martin S Pribble - [...] that there was nothing before the big bang is surmised so well by Professor Lawrence Krauss. In my recent…
  2. p90x - The pleasure of criticizing takes away from us the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things.... The…

Have your say

%d bloggers like this: