Anthony Aguirre

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Anthony Aguirre
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BornJuly 23, 1973 [1]
Scientific career
FieldsCosmology, Physics
InstitutionsUC Santa Cruz
ThesisIntergalactic dust and metals in cosmology (2000)
Doctoral advisorsLars Hernquist, David Layzer

Anthony Aguirre is a theoretical cosmologist.[2] Aguirre is a professor and holds the Faggin Presidential Chair for the Physics of Information at the University of California, Santa Cruz.[3] He is the co-founder and associate scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute[4] and is also a co-founder of the Future of Life Institute.[5][6][7][8] In 2015, he co-founded the aggregated prediction platform Metaculus with Greg Laughlin. In 2019, he published the pop science book Cosmological Koans.[9][10]


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.[2][3]


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.

In the media[edit]


  1. ^[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ a b "Anthony Aguirre, PhD".
  3. ^ a b Stephens, Tim (28 September 2016). "Physicist Anthony Aguirre appointed to endowed chair in physics of information". UC Santa Cruz. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Who we are". Foundational Questions Institute. Retrieved 25 Nov 2014.
  5. ^ "Who we are". Future of Life Institute. Retrieved 25 Nov 2014.
  6. ^ Strong, Rebecca (15 January 2015). "3 Things to Know About the Elon Musk-Backed Future of Life Institute". Bostinno. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  7. ^ Hardawar, Devindra (15 January 2015). "Elon Musk donates $10M to keep AI from going full Skynet". Engadget. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  8. ^ Maynard, James (15 January 2015). "Elon Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep Us Safe from Artificial Intelligence". Tech Times. Retrieved 5 Jun 2015.
  9. ^ "Cosmological Koans publisher page". Retrieved 28 Aug 2019.
  10. ^ Natarajan, Priyamvada (7 June 2019). "'Cosmological Koans' Review: Matter and Mystics". The Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ "How Big is the Universe?". Horizon. Season 49. Episode 4. 27 August 2012. BBC Two. Retrieved 12 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Living in a Parallel Universe". Naked Science. Season 8. Episode 9. 19 May 2011. National Geographic Channel. Retrieved 12 September 2020.