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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Spiral galaxy NGC 6814, whose luminous nucleus and spectacular sweeping arms, rippled with an intricate pattern of dark dust, are captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. ESA/Hubble & NASA hide caption

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Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line to win the gold in the men's 200-meter final during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Anja Niedringhaus/AP hide caption

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A tourist at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, in February examines a full-size replica of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb which was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945. Los Alamos is home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory which was established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project. Robert Alexander/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Juno team celebrate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., after they receive confirmation from the spacecraft that it successfully completed the engine burn and entered the orbit of Jupiter on July 4. Aubrey Gemignani/NASA hide caption

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