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Ryan speaks with Leonard Mlodinow about his book Feynman’s Rainbow: A Search for Beauty in Physics and in Life, how physicists deal with imposter syndrome and egotism, whether there is truth in physics or just better theories, how his own personal practice of self-sufficiency aligns with the Stoic ideals, why science says that there is no separation between emotions and rationality, and more.
Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist, mathematician, author, screenwriter, and video game developer. He received his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and his groundbreaking work on the large N expansion and the quantum theory of light has garnered international renown in the physics community. Leonard has also written five New York Times best-selling books, including The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives; The Grand Design, co-authored with Stephen Hawking, which argues that invoking God is not necessary to explain the origins of the universe; and War of the Worldviews, co-authored with Deepak Chopra.He also makes public lectures and media appearances on programs including Morning Joe and Through the Wormhole, and debated Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline. You can find Leonard’s work at leonardmlodinow.com and on Twitter @lmlodinow.
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