Dartmouth physics professor Marcelo Gleiser has just been named the 2019 winner of the Templeton Prize. According to a press release from the college, "Gleiser joins an eminent roster of 48 past awardees, including Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. The prize carries a monetary award of 1.1 million British pounds, or about $1.4 million."
"Established in 1972 by the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton, the prize serves, according to the Templeton Prize website, “'as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind.'”
The Observer has long been a fan of Gleiser's work which ranges from a essay on the value of failure from a Jedi perspective to his NPR blog about science and culture called 13.7
Lucky for the Upper Valley, the Vermont Humanities Council booked Gleiser before he won the prize. The professor will speak at the Norwich Congregational Church on Wednesday, April 3. His talk titled Physicists Dream of a Theory of Everything certainly addresses one of the "most perplexing questions."
In short, theoretical physicists have long dreamt of a theory of everything that encompasses matter and their interactions. Gleiser will discuss how physics and astronomy obtain knowledge of the natural world and how their limitations preclude us from ever getting to a "final" theory.