Dr. Marcelo Gleiser
Dr. Marcelo Gleiser, FAPS is
Professor of Physics and Astronomy and
Appleton Professor of
at Dartmouth University.
Marcelo’s main research interests are in the interface of cosmology, that studies the Universe as a whole, and particle physics, that studies the smallest constituents of the Universe. We now know that if we are to reconstruct the history of the Universe from its origin to today, we must mix the physics of the very large with the physics of the very small. As part of this research, he investigates several very fundamental questions, such as “Can we understand the origin of the Universe?”, “Where does the matter we and everything else is made of come from?”, “What are the (dark) energy and (dark) matter that drive the expansion of the Universe?”, and “Where does complex behavior in physical systems come from?”
He authored The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths To The Big Bang, The Prophet and the Astronomer: Apocalyptic Science and the End of the World, Where does matter come from?, O fim da terra e do céu: O apocalipse na ciência e na religião, Livro do Cientista, O, Das tanzende Universum: Schöpfungsmythen und Urknall, and coauthored Equilibration Time Scales in Homogeneous Bose-Einstein Condensate Dynamics, Nonperturbative Effects in Rapidly Expanding Quark-Gluon Plasmas, Gauged Fermionic Q-Balls, and Resonant emergence of global and local spatiotemporal order in a nonlinear field model. He writes a weekly science column for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper. Read his famous quotes (Portuguese). Read the full list of his publications!
Marcelo earned his B.A. at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1981, his M.Sc. at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1982, and his Ph.D. at University of London, King’s College in 1986. He did his postdoctoral research at the Fermilab Theoretical Astrophysics Group from 1986 to 1988 and at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara, from 1988–1991. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Astrophysics.
Watch him on the DVD Marcelo Gleiser – O Homem e os Caminhos da Ciência no Século XXI!