Leonard Mlodinow

Physicist, screenwriter and author.

Dr. Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist and author of numerous academic research papers in physics and seven popular science books, including four best-sellers. His most recent book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. His book, Subliminal: How Our Unconscious Mind Rules Our Behavior, won the 2013 PEN/Wilson award as best literary science book. His book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, was a New York Times editor’s choice and a New York Times notable book of the year, was short listed for the Royal Society book award, and won the Robert P. Balles Prize in Critical thinking, and the Liber Press (Spain) Award for the Popularization of Science. The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, was a #1 best seller, and was made into a three-part documentary on the Discovery Channel. He is also the co-author, with Deepak Chopra, of War of the Worldviews: Science and Spirituality, and three other books, which have appeared in 25 languages.

In addition, Dr. Mlodinow has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Nature, Discover Magazine, Wired, The New York Review of Books, Psychology Today, and other mass market publications. His numerous television appearances include The Larry King Show, The Pierce Morgan Show, The Stoessel Show, Morning Joe, The Dylan Radigan Show, and Through the Wormhole. He has also created several award-winning video games, including one in conjunction with Steven Spielberg, and one starring Robin Williams, and has written for network television, including the series MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the comedy Night Court. He is a popular international speaker who has given invited lectures on four continents, at universities such as Caltech and Harvard, and corporations ranging from Google and Microsoft to Pepsi and Major League baseball. He received his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley and was on the faculty of­ the California Institute of Technology.