The Big Picture Release Date: May 10, 2016

January 10, 2016

Happy to announce that my new book, The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, is set to be released on May 10, 2016. Pre-order it at or at fine booksellers everywhere.

New Papers: Entropic Gravity, Emergent Space

July 20, 2016

A couple of relatively recent research papers. One, with student Grant Remmen, is called “What Is the Entropy in Entropic Gravity?” Grant wrote a guest blog post to explain the idea. The other, with student Charles Cao and Caltech researcher Spiros Michalakis, is “Space from Hilbert Space: Recovering Geometry from Bulk Entanglement.” In this case …

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Podcast Appearances

May 4, 2016

I’ll be appearing on a few podcasts to talk about The Big Picture and other things. Running tally (to the best of my ability): A Better Life, Chris Johnson Any Time, Vin Forte Science … Sort Of, Ryan Haupt Surely You’re Joking, Kevin Hickerson Little Atoms, Neil Denny Atheistically Speaking, Thomas Smith

Book Tour Information

May 1, 2016

Now that May is here, my short book tour for The Big Picture is coming up. Here’s the basic agenda: May 10: NYC, Secret Science Club (Brooklyn) May 11: Cambridge MA, Harvard Book Store May 12: Washington DC, Smithsonian Associates May 13: Seattle, Pacific Science Center May 16: Palo Alto, Commonwealth Club May 17: Berkeley, …

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First Friday at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

March 28, 2016

This Friday (April 1), I’m participating in a discussion at the Natural History Museum of LA on science and the movies. Clifford Johnson from USC will also be there, and Patt Morrison from KPCC radio will moderate. Event starts at 6:30. More info, and tickets.

Book Tour for The Big Picture

March 18, 2016

Peep this summary of the (brief but surely awesome) upcoming book tour for The Big Picture. From May 10-18 I’ll be hitting NYC, Boston, DC, Seattle, and the Bay Area. LA events still in the planning stages. Details should be visible on the sidebar to the right.

Closer to Truth Interviews

March 18, 2016

Closer to Truth, the interview show by Robert Lawrence Kuhn, has added some more short interviews with me. Topics include meaning, information, free will, the origin of the universe, stuff like that.

Arizona State Physics Colloquium

February 24, 2016

On March 3rd I’ll be visiting Arizona State University to give the physics colloquium. The topic is “Quantum Mechanics and Cosmology in Very Large Universes.” Looking forward to visiting with the Sun Devils.

March 11: World Science Festival, Brisbane, Australia

January 10, 2016

I’ll be speaking at the inaugural Australian version of the World Science Festival, to be held in Brisbane this March. Details still to be determined, but I should be on a panel or two on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Gifford Lectures, Oxford and London Appearances

September 2, 2016

I’ll be giving the Gifford Lectures, a series of five talks, at the University of Glasgow from October 19 through 27. Before that, I’ll make a lunchtime appearance on Oct. 17 at Blackwell’s in Oxford, then give two talks in London, one at the Royal Institution on Oct. 17 and one at the How-To Academy …

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