Marcelo Gleiser

Blogger, 13.7: Cosmos & Culture

Marcelo Gleiser is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. He is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College.

Gleiser is the author of the books The Prophet and the Astronomer (Norton & Company, 2003); The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang (Dartmouth, 2005); A Tear at the Edge of Creation (Free Press, 2010); and The Island of Knowledge (Basic Books, 2014). He is a frequent presence in TV documentaries and writes often for magazines, blogs and newspapers on various aspects of science and culture.

He has authored over 100 refereed articles, is a Fellow and General Councilor of the American Physical Society and a recipient of the Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House and the National Science Foundation.

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A NASA poster imagines what it might be like to "planet hop" from the planet called TRAPPIST-1e, 40 light-years from Earth. NASA-JPL/Caltech hide caption

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Vintage American history photo of a nuclear weapon test by the American military at Bikini Atoll, Micronesia on July 25, 1946. The explosion was part of Operation Crossroads. John Parrot/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images hide caption

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From left, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Taraji P. Henson accept the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for Hidden Figures at the 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP hide caption

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This artist's impression shows the surroundings of a supermassive black hole, typical of that found at the heart of many galaxies. The black hole itself is surrounded by a brilliant accretion disc of very hot, infalling material and, further out, a dusty torus. There are also often high-speed jets of material ejected at the black hole's poles that can extend huge distances into space. L. Calçada/ESO hide caption

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Actors Will Smith and Naomie Harris pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Collateral Beauty in London on Dec. 15, 2016. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP hide caption

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This simulated 3-D perspective view of Chasma Boreale, a canyon that reaches 570 kilometers (350 miles) into the north polar cap on Mars, was created from image data taken by NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft. NASA/JPL/Arizona State University, R. Luk hide caption

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