Leonard Mlodinov

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Leonard Mlodinow (2012)

Leonard David Mlodinow (* 1954 in Chicago ) is an American physicist and author .


During his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and at the California Institute of Technology ( Caltech ), he developed a new type of perturbation theory for eigenvalue problems in quantum mechanics . He later received a scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching near Munich , where he and Mark Hillery carried out fundamental research on the quantum theory of dielectric materials. Leonard Mlodinow is currently visiting professor at Caltech.

In addition to his physical research and popular science publications, Mlodinow has written scripts for various television series such as Spaceship Enterprise: The Next Century and MacGyver, as well as a children's book series with Matt Costello.


Mlodinov's work has been awarded the following prizes and honors:

  • 2013 PEN / EO Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for his work Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior.
  • 2008 Pobert P. Balles Prize for Critical Thinking from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) for his work The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Carolyn Kellogg: Jacket Copy: PEN announces winners of its 2013 awards . In: Los Angeles Times . August 14, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  2. Barry Karr : CSI's Balles Prize Goes to Physicist / Author Leonard Mlodinow . CSICOP. Archived from the original on July 31, 2016. Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved August 18, 2016. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.csicop.org