Leonard Mlodinow


Physicist and Best-selling Author


Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.

Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time


Mlodinow thinks in equations but explains in anecdote, simile, and occasional bursts of neon

— Fortune magazine


Mlodinow knows how to write for the science-challenged

— Library Journal


Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist and author recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in physics, and a passion for making science accessible and interesting to the general public. He was on the faculty of Caltech, and is the author of five best-sellers. Among them, The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, took the reader on a tour of the latest ideas in physics and cosmology, and reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list. His book Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, described how a person’s thoughts, decisions, and feelings are profoundly influenced by the behind-the-scenes operation of the unconscious mind, and won the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing. And his book The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives showed how the hidden forces of randomness have a huge and generally unrecognized affect on all aspects of life, as well as the course of companies and societies. It was chosen as a New York Times notable book, and short-listed for the Royal Society book award.

Dr. Mlodinow is also known through his many contributions to journals such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Nature, and Psychology Today, and public lectures and media appearances on programs ranging from Morning Joe, to Through the Wormhole, and for debating Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read more ..

Latest Book

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry, biology, and modern physics to today’s technological world. Read more about The Upright Thinkers ..
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