Lee Smolin

Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who is engaged in a lifelong search for the quantum theory of space and time. He is best known for his contributions to the approach known as loop quantum gravity. His research interests include cosmology, elementary particle theory, the foundations of quantum mechanics, and theoretical biology.  Dr. Smolin was named as one of the one hundred most influential public intellectuals by Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines in 2008 and again in 2015. 

Born in New York City and educated at Hampshire College and Harvard University, he moved to Canada in 2001 to be a founding faculty member at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is the author of 180 research papers, and his last two books are Time Reborn (2013) and The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time (2015), which he co-authored with Roberto Mangabeira Unger.

His previous theatre credits include dramaturg for Background Interference, by Drucilla Cornell, West Beth Theater Center, New York, and advisor for productions of Galileo and A Walk in the Woods at Yale Rep. Theatre and Yale Drama School. He also advised and acted in a film, Soma Sema, directed by Madeline Schwartzman. He previously wrote on this theme in the 2005 essay “Art, Science and Democracy,” written for the catalogue of an exhibition of the sculptor Elizabeth Turk at the Contemporary Arts Center, Santa Barbara.