Marcelo Gleiser

The work of Brazilian theoretical physicist Marcelo Gleiser is at the frontier of popular science. Having studied in Rio de Janeiro and London, he took up a post at Dartmouth College in 1991, where he remains a professor of physics and astronomy. A prolific essayist, Gleiser has also published four popular science books in the US, including The Prophet and the Astronomer (2003), A Tear at the Edge of Creation (2010), and, most recently, The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning (2014). His books combine a popular-science accessibility with an exploration of science’s relation to religion and philosophy.

He is the 2019 Templeton Prize laureate, an honor he shares with the Dali Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and scientists Freeman Dyson and Sir Martin Rees.

In his own words: “Science works under strict boundaries, and as hard as we may try, we can’t go beyond them. To know all answers, we need to start by knowing all questions. And that is simply impossible. Our view of the world will always be incomplete.”

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