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, released May 2016, is The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself.

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

  • Fri, Mar 09, 2018

    SxSW Panel: "What AI Reveals About Our Place in the Universe"

    11:00 amFairmont Manchester EFG, Austin, TX
  • Sun, Mar 25, 2018
    Sun, Apr 01, 2018

    IAU Communicating Astronomy Conference

    Fukuoa, Japan
  • Mon, Apr 09, 2018
    Sat, Apr 14, 2018



The Big Picture

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

NOW AVAILABLE at Amazon.com or at fine booksellers everywhere.


Recent News

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...

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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,...

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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...

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