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Leonard Mlodinow

Biography:

Leonard Mlodinow received his doctorate in physics from Berkeley. Along the way he also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. His previous books include the NY Times best sellers The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, and The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules our Lives. He also wrote Euclid's Window: The Story of Geometry from Parallel Lines to Hyperspace; Feynman's Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life; and, with Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time.

Past Shows:

The Subliminal Mind

Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow discussed his work on the power of the subliminal, and how the unconscious mind shapes our experience of the world. According to him, all judgments and perceptions reflect the workings of our mind on two levels: the conscious, of which we are aware, and the unconscious, which is hidden from us. First hour guest, writer and medical advocate Julia Schopick talked about several effective treatments that have largely been ignored by the medical community. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Unconscious Mind

Physicist Leonard Mlodinow joined John B. Wells for an eye-opening examination of how the unconscious mind shapes our perception of the world. In the first hour, avian flu expert Gary Ridenour provided an update on the controversial CDC-NIH project which mutated the virus. ... More »

Host: John B. Wells

Debate: Science vs. Spirituality

Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow and spiritual leader Deepak Chopra faced off in a passionate but respectful debate, addressing some of the most fundamental questions that have intrigued humanity for hundreds of years. First hour guests, 'Ghostbuster Gals' Ronnie Rennae Foster and Laura Lee Mistycah talked about some of the hauntings and paranormal activity they've investigated. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Saints & Spells

A student of the magical arts since childhood, Judika Illes discussed beings that can offer both physical assistance and spiritual guidance. Known as saints in some traditions and mystics & sages in others, she shared both the history and current ways these beings can be used to help such situations as illness, and unemployment. First hour guest, scientist and author Leonard Mlodinow shared updates on quantum physics. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Cosmology & the Universe

Caltech physicist Leonard Mlodinow discussed his current work with Stephen Hawking on the grand design of the universe and two central questions-- where does the universe come from, and why are the laws of nature what they are? Hawking's theories and the latest research in physics were used to answer those questions. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Probability & Randomness

Physicist and author Leonard Mlodinow discussed his exploration into probability and randomness and showed how our lives are more shaped by chance than some may expect. Detailing his findings, he explained, "I'm not saying that the world is completely random. I'm saying that randomness is a component that we have to recognize when extraordinary events happen." Appearing during the first hour, author and researcher Tracy Twyman talked about the magic behind money and how it may be used to recover from the present financial crisis. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

The Influence of Randomness

Appearing in the middle two hours, physicist and writer Leonard Mlodinow spoke about his recent studies on randomness, and the influence it has in our daily lives. The title of his new book, The Drunkard's Walk, refers to the idea that we often end up getting to places through a meandering pathway. Randomness takes the form of unplanned or unpredictable events, which can end up greatly affecting a person's choices and outcomes, he explained. Even though someone might have certain abilities, due to circumstances beyond their control, there is a certain amount of variation in how things turn out. He cited some instances in baseball, such as the year when Roger Maris hit 61 homeruns, even though his average was 45, as an example of random variation. George shared an incident when he had a life-saving intuition while driving, and Mlodinow suggested that when people have certain intuitions they may be responding to subconscious physical cues. The last hour featured Open Lines w ... More »

Host: George Noory

Physics and Life

Physicist Leonard Mlodinow, was Barbara's guest on Sunday night. He discussed his book Feynman's Rainbow, which draws on his extensive and lively conversations with Richard Feynman, the legendary Nobel Prize Winner. ... More »

Host: Barbara Simpson

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