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Lawrence M. Krauss
(27 May 1954 - )

American theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author who is director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University. He has written a number of science books for the layman, including Fear of Physics and Quantum Man: Richard Feynman's Life in Science.


Science Quotes by Lawrence M. Krauss (7 quotes)

If the universe is measurably curved today, cosmologists must accept the miraculous fact that this is so for the first time in the 1010-year history of the universe; if it had been measurably non-flat at much earlier times, it would be much more obviously curved today than it is. This line of reasoning suggests that the observable universe is essentially exactly flat: that it contains precisely the critical density of mass.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
(1986). As quoted in Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations.
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It is a shame when nonsense can substitute for fact with impunity.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
As guest on TV program, Real Time with Bill Maher (8 Feb 2013), Ep.271.
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It is a shame when nonsense can substitute for fact with impunity.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
As guest on TV program, Real Time with Bill Maher (8 Feb 2013), Ep.271.
Science quotes on:  |  Fact (1210)  |  Impunity (6)  |  Nonsense (48)  |  Substitute (46)

Of the 10,000 or so meteorites that have been collected and analyzed, eight are particularly unusual. They are so unusual, in fact, that since 1979 some investigators have thought they might have originated not in asteroids, as most meteorites did, but on the surface of Mars.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
In Scientific American, (Dec 1986), 255, 80.
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Science has taught us to think the unthinkable. Because when nature is the guide—rather than a priori prejudices, hopes, fears or desires—we are forced out of our comfort zone. One by one, pillars of classical logic have fallen by the wayside as science progressed in the 20th century, from Einstein's realization that measurements of space and time were not absolute but observer-dependent, to quantum mechanics, which not only put fundamental limits on what we can empirically know but also demonstrated that elementary particles and the atoms they form are doing a million seemingly impossible things at once.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
In op-ed, 'A Universe Without Purpose', Los Angeles Times (1 Apr 2012).
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The illusion of purpose and design is perhaps the most pervasive illusion about nature that science has to confront on a daily basis. Everywhere we look, it appears that the world was designed so that we could flourish.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
In op-ed, 'A Universe Without Purpose', Los Angeles Times (1 Apr 2012).
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There is already overwhelming evidence that the visible matter within galaxies may account for less than 10 percent of the galaxies’ actual mass: the rest, not yet directly detectable by observers on the earth, is probably distributed within and around each galaxy.
— Lawrence M. Krauss
(1986). As quoted in Isaac Asimov's Book of Science and Nature Quotations.
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See also:
  • 27 May - short biography, births, deaths and events on date of Krauss's birth.
  • A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing, by Lawrence M. Krauss. - book suggestion.

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