Leonard Mlodinow

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Leonard Mlodinow
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Born 1954[1]
Chicago, Illinois[1]
Citizenship American
Alma mater Brandeis University
University of California, Berkeley[1]
Scientific career
Fields Mathematical physics
Institutions Max Planck Institute for Physics
California Institute of Technology[1]
Doctoral advisor Eyvind Wichmann[1]
Influences Richard Feynman[1]

Leonard Mlodinow ( /məˈlɒdɪnf/) is an American popular science author, screenwriter, physicist, and professor.[2]

Mlodinow was born in Chicago, Illinois, of parents who were both Holocaust survivors.[1] His father, who spent more than a year in the Buchenwald concentration camp, had been a leader in the Jewish resistance in his hometown of Częstochowa, in Nazi Germany-occupied Poland.[1] As a child, Mlodinow was interested in both mathematics and chemistry, and while in high school was tutored in organic chemistry by a professor from the University of Illinois.

As recounted in his book, Feynman's Rainbow, his interest turned to physics during a semester he took off from college to spend on a kibbutz in Israel, during which he had little to do at night besides reading The Feynman Lectures on Physics, which was one of the few English books he found in the kibbutz library.[1]

He completed a doctorate on quantum perturbation theory at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981, and joined the faculty at Caltech.[1][3] Later, he worked as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and Astrophysics in Munich, Germany.[1]

By 1985, Mlodinow had left academia to become a writer.[1] He has written books on popular science, and the screenplay for the 2009 film Beyond the Horizon[4] and for television series including Star Trek: The Next Generation and MacGyver.[1]

Point of Inquiry host Josh Zepps interviews Mlodinow - CFI Summit - 2013


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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Mlodinow, Leonard. "Leonard Mlodinow BIOGRAPHY". California Institute of Technology. Archived from the original on June 14, 2010. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Point of Inquiry Nov 5 2013". Center for Inquiry. 
  3. ^ "The Large N Expansion In Quantum Mechanics". Leonard Mlodinow Thesis - University of California, Berkeley. 
  4. ^ "IMDB Beyond the Horizon". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (August 14, 2013). "Jacket Copy: PEN announces winners of its 2013 awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ Karr, Barry. "CSI's Balles Prize Goes to Physicist/Author Leonard Mlodinow". Skeptical Inquirer. CSICOP. Retrieved 18 August 2016. 

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