I'm a theoretical physicist, specializing in quantum mechanics, gravitation, cosmology, statistical mechanics, and foundations of physics, with occasional dabblings elsewhere. This site contains information about me, including research and my CV, plus news, books, videos, and other activities. My latest book is The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. I recently started a podcast, titled Mindscape.

My official title is Research Professor of Physics at Caltech. I live in Los Angeles with my lovely wife, science writer Jennifer Ouellette.

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Upcoming Events

  • Thu, Jan 31, 2019

    Caltech Associates Talk

    11:00 amThe Athenaeum, Caltech

    More information. Tickets required.

  • Wed, Feb 06, 2019

    Google X Talk

    Mountain View, CA

Mindscape Podcast

Conversations with smart people about interesting ideas.

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The Big Picture

On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

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