Anthony Aguirre

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Anthony Aguirre
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Scientific career
FieldsCosmology Physics
InstitutionsUC Santa Cruz

Anthony Aguirre is a theoretical cosmologist.[1] Aguirre is a professor and holds the Faggin Presidential Chair for the Physics of Information at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the associate director of the Foundational Questions Institute[2] and is also a co-founder of the Future of Life Institute.[3][4][5][6] In 2015, he co-founded the aggregated prediction platform Metaculus with Greg Laughlin. In 2019, he published the popular Physics book Cosmological Koans[7]


Aguirre received a B.S. in Mathematics/Physics from Brown University in 1995, an M.S. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1998 and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University.[1]


His research has focused on various topics in theoretical physics including early universe, inflation, the foundations of quantum mechanics, foundations of statistical mechanics, gravity physics, first stars, the intergalactic medium, galaxy formation and black holes.

Together with Max Tegmark he developed the cosmological interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to artist Sally Aguirre.[8] They have two sons.

In the media[edit]

  • Aguirre appears in the How Vast is the Cosmos? part of the Closer to Truth PBS series.
  • Aguirre appears in "How Big is the Universe?"[9]
  • Aguirre also appears in the "Living in a Parallel Universe" part of the Naked Science documentary on the National Geographic Channel.[10]
  • Aguirre was a guest on Sean Carroll’s Mindscape podcast, which was released on June 17, 2019 under the title of Cosmology, Zen, Entropy, and Information.


  1. ^ a b [ "Anthony Aguirre, PhD"].
  2. ^ "Who we are". Foundational Questions Institute. Retrieved 25 Nov 2014.
  3. ^ "Who we are". Future of Life Institute. Retrieved 25 Nov 2014.
  4. ^ "Elon Musk:Future of Life Institute Artificial Intelligence Research Could be Crucial". Bostinno. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  5. ^ "Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI from going full Skynet". Engadget. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  6. ^ "Elon Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep Us Safe from Artificial Intelligence". TechTimes. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  7. ^ "Cosmological Koans publisher page". Retrieved 28 Aug 2019.
  8. ^ "Breathing Space Sculpture - About the Artist". Archived from the original on 2014-10-25. Retrieved 2014-10-25.
  9. ^ "How Big is the Universe?".
  10. ^ "Living in a Parallel Universe".