Leonard Mlodinow

Leonard Mlodinow is a 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

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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The Upright Thinkers

Leonard Mlodinow received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Physik und Astrophysik in Munich, and taught at the California Institute of Technology. He is a popular international speaker, and the author of numerous academic papers in physics and seven popular science books, his last four, best-sellers.

His most recent book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Universe. 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 30 languages.

In addition, Dr. Mlodinow has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, Nature, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Review of Books, and other mass market publications. His numerous television appearances include The Larry King Show, The Pierce Morgan Show, The Stoessel Show, Morning Joe, and Through the Wormhole. He has also created several award-winning video games, including one in conjunction with Steven Spielberg, and starring Robin Williams, and has written for network television, including the series MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the comedy Night Court. Read more ..


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Selected Writings

New York Times review of The Signal and the Noise

New York Review of Books review of Blindspot

New York Times, “In Hollywood, Theories of Infinite Dimensions”

New York Times, “It all Adds Up: Review of Love and Math”

New York Times, “The Limits of Control,” We have an innate need for control of our environment. That can inspire great achievement—or lead to sub-optimal behavior.

New York Times, “What are the Odds?”

New York Times, “A Facial Theory of Politics”

Wall Street Journal, “A Hint of Hype, a Taste of Illusion,” Why wine ratings are badly flawed.

Wall Street Journal, “The Triumph of the Random,” Was Joe Di Maggio’s hitting streak a fluke?

Los Angeles Times, “Meet Hollywood’s Latest Genius,” Box office success is more random than you think


Subliminal Reviews


Scientific American

Daily Beast


Drunkard's Walk Reviews

New York Times Bestseller, Editor's Choice, and Notable Book of 2008

Shortlisted for Royal Society Science Book Award

New York Times review of Drunkard's Walk
("writes in a breezy style... a readable crash course in randomness")


NY Review of Books

Scientific American