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.
Life in the supremely vast cosmos is incredibly rare. We need a new vision for our living planet and for ourselves.
The multiverse pushes beyond the limits of the scientific method. From our vantage point in the Universe, we cannot know if it's real.
There is no such thing as a void in the Universe.
Fear of technology is not new. But we misunderstand its origin. In reality, we don't fear technology but each other.
We can reasonably say that we understand the history of the Universe within one-trillionth of a second after the Big Bang. That's not good enough.
We have become the greatest threat to ourselves and to life on this planet. We need a set of agreed-upon safeguards to preserve our future.
What began as an annoyance ended as a Nobel Prize-winning discovery about the Big Bang and the origin of the Universe.
The acceptance of our cosmic loneliness and the rarity of our planet is a wakeup call.
For many years, some cosmologists embraced the idea of an eternal, steady state universe. But science triumphed over philosophical prejudice.
If the evolution of the Universe is a movie, what happens when we rewind it all the way backward?
Theory without experiment is blind, and experiment without theory is lame.
How scientists found out that we live in a cosmic aquarium.
Not even Einstein immediately knew the power of the equations he gave us.
Lonely humans will become infatuated with AI-fabricated personas.
It is a story with nebulous beginnings and no discernible end.
Though quantum mechanics is an incredibly successful theory, nobody knows what it means. Scientists now must confront its philosophical implications.
Experiments tell us quantum entanglement defies space and time.
The central equation of quantum mechanics, the Schrödinger equation, is different from the equations found in classical physics.
Quantum superposition challenges our notions of what is real.
The quantum world — and its inherent uncertainty — defies our ability to describe it in words.
A concept known as "wave-particle duality" famously applies to light. But it also applies to all matter — including you.