Marcelo Gleiser is a professor of natural philosophy, physics, and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and NSF, and was awarded the 2019 Templeton Prize. Gleiser has authored five books and is the co-founder of 13.8, where he writes about science and culture with physicist Adam Frank.
Like Dua Lipa, he had to create new rules.
The quantum world is one in which rules that are completely foreign to our everyday experience dictate bizarre behavior.
We cannot afford to dream about living on other worlds while we continue to destroy ours.
Humanity is in trouble. Here's how aliens could help.
Your mentors made time for you. Now, go and make time for others.
Our understanding always will remain incomplete.
Do we still remember what we learned in the 1940s?
Living is about staying busy.
There's no escaping the death of loved ones. But that doesn't mean we're powerless in the wake of loss.
This technological feat changes our cosmic history.
Synthetic biology has the power to cure and kill. Have we learned from our past mistakes?
Even the dictionary doesn't get the definition right.
Belief is not just about God or ghosts.
The false assumption the Multiverse relies on is that something which exists requires an explanation.
Blissful ignorance can be a rational choice.
The answer is both disappointing and exciting.
A second Enlightenment would have a far bigger task: Saving civilization itself.
Astronomy's roots rest in the very origins of humanity. We have always looked to the skies for answers. We are starting to get them.
It is little more than a fancy excuse for escapist fantasizing.
Modern cosmology conjectures different possible fates for the Universe and thus for the end of time. Details depend on which model is right.
Humans are already so integrated with technology that the dream of transhumanism is a reality. Can we handle what comes next?
The engineer working on Google's AI, called LaMDA, suffers from what we could call Michelangelo Syndrome. Scientists must beware hubris.
And if it does, could we ever measure it?
There is nothing more important to science than its ability to prove ideas wrong.
Everyone loves a good origins story.
Science has come a long way since Mary Shelley penned "Frankenstein." But we still grapple with the same questions.
Science cannot be isolated from culture.
All life forms, anywhere in our Universe, are chemically connected yet completely unique.
Singularities frustrate our understanding. But behind every singularity in physics hides a secret door to a new understanding of the world.
How efficiently could quantum engines operate?