Scientist-author Lawrence Krauss (The Physics of Star Trek) presents “An Atom from Snowmass,” free public lecture on Thursday, July 19, at 8 p.m. in Anderson Ballroom of Snowmass Conference Center

SNOWMASS VILLAGE—Imagine the journey a single atom would take from the Big Bang through the creation of the universe, on to the beginnings of life on Earth and then beyond our demise…Physicist Lawrence M. Krauss, author of The Physics of Star Trek, has imagined just such a journey—and, as chairman of the Department of Physics at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University, he has the science to back his vision.

Krauss discusses this journey and his new book, ATOM: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth…and Beyond, in a free public lecture on Thursday, July 19 at 8 p.m. in the Anderson Ballroom of the Snowmass Conference Center.

Scientific American said Krauss’s new book “weaves a tale that reads as compellingly as a good novel. He traces the atom’s travels from the early moments of the universe to its participation in life on Earth and then considers what might become of it after life on Earth ends. The result is nothing less than a history of the cosmos.”

The lecture by Krauss is an outreach effort of “Snowmass 2001: A Summer Study on the Future of Particle Physics.” Nearly 1,100 top physicists are attending the three-week gathering, being held at the Snowmass Conference Center from June 30 to July 21.

Snowmass 2001 represents a unique opportunity to gain new insights into the world around us, and to meet the people behind the ideas shaping the future—people like Lawrence Krauss. For more information on Snowmass 2001, visit or call the Press Room at 970-823-8313.

Fermilab, providing organizational support for Snowmass 2001, is operated by Universities Research Association, Inc., under contract with the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

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