Marcelo Gleiser

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MARCELO GLEISER is a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College where he runs a very active cosmology group. His work in theoretical physics focuses on the dynamical processes that took place during the very early universe. As such, it brings together particle physics, the study of the very small, and cosmology, the study of the very large. He is the author of The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang; and The Prophet and the Astronomer.

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For millennia, shamans and philosophers, believers and nonbelievers, artists and scientists have tried to make sense of our existence by suggesting that everything is connected, that a mysterious Oneness binds us to everything else. People go to temples, churches, mosques, and synagogues to pray to their divine incarnation of Oneness. Following a surprisingly similar notion, scientists have long asserted that under Nature’s apparent complexity there is a simpler underlying reality. In its...

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Rage, rage against the dying of the light

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Pasta

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. 1. Choral of Beethoven's 9th; 2. Fool on the Hill (Beatles); 3. Julia (Beatles); 4. Desafinado (Tom Jobim); 5. Triste Bahia (Caetano Veloso)

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. No one touches my espresso machine

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Having smoked for a while

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