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Лоуренс Максвелл Краусс

Дата рождения: 27. Май 1954

Ло́уренс Ма́ксвелл Кра́усс — американский физик, специалист в области астрофизики и космологии. Профессор-основатель Отделения земных и космических исследований и почётный директор проекта «Origins» Университета штата Аризона. Автор более 300 научных публикаций и нескольких популярных книг. Активный участник дискуссии вокруг преподавания эволюции в американских школах.


„Ричард Фейнман имел привычку постоянно подходить к людям и говорить: «Вы не поверите, что сегодня со мной произошло… вы не поверите, что произошло со мной», — и люди спрашивали: «Что?» — а он им говорил: «Ровным счётом ничего». Потому что мы, люди, убеждены, что всё, что случается с нами особенно и значительно.“

„Каждый атом в вашем теле берёт своё начало во взорвавшейся звезде. И, возможно, атомы в вашей левой руке взяли своё начало в иной звезде, нежели атомы в правой руке. Это, действительно, самая поэтичная вещь, из тех, что я знаю о физике: вы все звёздная пыль. Вас не было бы здесь, если бы звёзды не взорвались, потому что химические элементы — углерод, азот, кислород, железо, всё, что необходимо для эволюции и жизни, — не были созданы в начале времён. Они были синтезированы в ядерных печах звёзд, и единственная причина, почему они попали в ваше тело, это потому, что звёзды соизволили взорваться. Забудьте Иисуса. Звёзды погибли, чтобы вы могли находиться здесь и сейчас.“ Из лекции, прочитанной на конференции, организованной Международной ассоциацией атеистов в 2009 году


„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.“

„The amazing thing is that 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 - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could 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.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„The purpose of education is not to validate ignorance but to overcome it“

„A universe without purpose should neither depress us nor suggest that our lives are purposeless. Through an awe-inspiring cosmic history we find ourselves on this remote planet in a remote corner of the universe, endowed with intelligence and self-awareness. We should not despair, but should humbly rejoice in making the most of these gifts, and celebrate our brief moment in the sun.“

„In 5 billion years, the expansion of the universe will have progressed to the point where all other galaxies will have receded beyond detection. Indeed, they will be receding faster than the speed of light, so detection will be impossible. Future civilizations will discover science and all its laws, and never know about other galaxies or the cosmic background radiation. They will inevitably come to the wrong conclusion about the universe...... We live in a special time, the only time, where we can observationally verify that we live in a special time.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„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 weren't created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars. And the only way they could get into your body is if the stars were kind enough to explode.

So forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.“


„If we wish to draw philosophical conclusions about our own existence, our significance, and the significance of the universe itself, our conclusions should be based on empirical knowledge. A truly open mind means forcing our imaginations to conform to the evidence of reality, and not vice versa, whether or not we like the implications.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„Forget Jesus, the stars died so you could be born.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„Lack of comfort means we are on the threshold of new insights.“

„The universe is the way it is, whether we like
it or not. The existence or nonexistence of a creator is independent
of our desires. A world without God or purpose may seem harsh
or pointless, but that alone doesn ' t require God to actually exist.“
A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing


„I like to say that while antimatter may seem strange, it is strange in the sense that Belgians are strange. They are not really strange; it is just that one rarely meets them.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„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.“

„Of course, supernatural acts are what miracles are all about. They are, after all, precisely those things that circumvent the laws of nature. A god who can create the laws of nature can presumably also circumvent them at will. Although why they would have been circumvented so liberally thousands of years ago, before the invention of modern communication instruments that could have recorded them, and not today, is still something to wonder about.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

„[I]n science we have to be particularly cautious about 'why' questions. When we ask, 'Why?' we usually mean 'How?' If we can answer the latter, that generally suffices for our purposes. For example, we might ask: 'Why is the Earth 93 million miles from the Sun?' but what we really probably mean is, 'How is the Earth 93 million miles from the Sun?' That is, we are interested in what physical processes led to the Earth ending up in its present position. 'Why' implicitly suggests purpose, and when we try to understand the solar system in scientific terms, we do not generally ascribe purpose to it.“ A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing

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