Award-winning physicist Lawrence Krauss to speak at Purdue Northwest

State Rep. Charlie Brown, D-Gary, asks a question of MSNBC's Joe Scarborough at Sunday's first lecture in the Sinai Forum series at Purdue University Northwest.

Doug Ross, The Times

Award-winning theoretical physicist and bestselling author Lawrence Krauss will speak at the Purdue University Northwest campus in Westville.

The cosmologist who is Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and director of its Origins Project will speak at 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the James B. Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex, 1401 S. U.S. 421 in Westville. Doors open at 3 p.m.

Attendees can hear the New York Times bestselling author of "The Physics of Star Trek" and "A Universe from Nothing" give a talk titled "The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far."

"Krauss blends research and storytelling to explore and to celebrate the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken — to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction," Purdue University Northwest said in a news release. "As director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University and foundation professor in the ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and the Physics Department, he has investigated questions ranging from the nature of exploding stars to issues of the origin of all mass in the universe. He works to educate the public about science, ensure sound public policy and defend science against attacks at all levels."

He then will answer questions from the audience in a town hall-style discussion.

"Krauss has won international awards for his research and his efforts to improve the public understanding of science," Purdue University Northwest said in a news release. "He has authored more than 300 scientific publications and articles, is a commentator and essayist for 'The New York Times' and 'The New Yorker' and appears on radio, television and film. He is the author of 10 books."

For more information, visit www.pnw.edu/sinai-forum.

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