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Lawrence M. Krauss: The Fundamental Questions of Science

“The great thing is the universe is as amazing as it is without all of the fairytales. The universe is far more amazing than anything that has come up in any scriptural book because the imagination of nature is much greater than the imagination of human beings.”

The American theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss joined Merion West contributing writer Daniel Sharp for a conversation about his latest book The Known Unknowns: The Unsolved Mysteries of the Cosmos on May 20th. As the American title of the book, The Edge of Knowledge, suggests, Dr. Krauss’ latest work describes how far science has come and further anticipates just how far science has yet to go. Mr. Sharp leads a conversation that concerns Dr. Krauss’ recent book and topics of interest inasmuch as it does the various pivotal experiences that have informed the latter’s career as both a physicist and public intellectual. From docenting at a science museum in his youth to his academic posts at leading educational institutions, Dr. Krauss has been able to gauge the reading public’s appetite for engaging with science. In a conversation that is, at times, philosophical and, at other times, descriptive of the writing process, Mr. Sharp and Dr. Krauss engage with the idea of how scientific ideas are typically digested by the public. To paraphrase Dr. Krauss, many readers are, in fact, interested in science, but they simply do not know yet which kind.

This interview appears in video form:

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