Marcelo Gleiser, PhD

Marcelo Gleiser, PhD

Marcelo Gleiser is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and award-winning author, and is currently the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He obtained his PhD from King's College London in 1986 and received the 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House. He is a Fellow and General Councilor of the American Physical Society. His current research interests include the physics of the early Universe, the nature of physical complexity, and questions related to the origin of life on Earth and elsewhere in the Universe. He has contributed seminal ideas in the interface between particle physics and cosmology, in particular on the dynamics of phase transitions and spontaneous symmetry breaking. He is the co-discoverer of "oscillons," time-dependent long-lived field configurations which are present in many physical systems from cosmology to vibrating grains.

Professor Gleiser is the author of The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected: A Natural Philosopher’s Quest for Trout and the Meaning of Everything, which is his latest work. His previous books include The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and The Search for Meaning, A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe, which was published in 12 languages, The Prophet and the Astronomer, and The Dancing Universe. He is also the co-founder of and regular contributor to a blog on science and culture hosted by National Public Radio, 13.7.

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