On starting to follow the work of Marcelo Gleiser

We wanted to present the passion, the drama, the social and intellectual relevance of science as one of the deepest expressions of our engagement with the mysterious, the unknown aspects of reality.” -Marcelo

Marcelo Gleiser, Gleiser-DarmouthDartmouth University, Hanover, New Hampshire

Articles/books: Listening to Infinity are we closer to God?”, (2019)
The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected (2016)
The Dancing Universe (1997, 2006)
_Are Physicists Ready To Give Up The Chase For SUSY?
, NPR, April 2014
ArXiv (30): Cyclic Universe Approach to Fine Tuning with Stephon Alexander, Sam Cormack
Homepage(s): National Public Radio, Templeton Award 2019
VideoBBC: A Leap of Faith: Finding Common Ground Between Science and Religion, Tue 8 Dec 2015

References within this website:

Most recent email: June 20, 2022 at 11:32 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gleiser:

There was some activity on our page about your work — https://81018.com/gleiser — and then my wife just came into my office with her copy of Eric Metaxas’ Is Atheism Dead? turned to page 357 where he quotes you rather extensively. It was a confluence I could not ignore!

There are two articles that I have recently written, both with links to this page about your work. Would you comment on one or the other or both? Thank you.

Most sincerely,


PS. Those two article and their links:

  1. Concepts That Shift Paradigms: https://81018.com/editors/
  2. The Universe As A Totally-Integrated System: https://81018.com/known/

I just looked up, “Marcelo Gleiser” + “infinity” and of course “Listening to Infinity are we closer to God?” came up immediately so I’ve updated our page about your work to include it. -BEC

Second email: May 8, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Dear Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gleiser:

About a year ago, I sent my first note of introduction to you. I was from Boston and Cambridge and on occasion we skied Killington (50 years ago). Dartmouth was always a place to stop for a quick visit with friends. Though its May, I can see a few of the diehards hiking Tuckerman’s for the last runs of the season.

You, Stephon Alexander and Sam Cormack are important people in the grand scheme of things.  Interpreting the 19 free parameters of the Standard Model is no small task. Your introduction to it all in your August 21, 2018 Physics Letters B article, A cyclic universe approach to fine tuning, is brilliant.

I would like to set it within a very different paradigm. Is it possible? To attempt to get an answer, I have constructed an article for FQXi and I would like to invite your comments. Imagine Tuckermans. It can be brutal. You can be brutal. I don’t have enough time left for anything else but sheer brutality!

Overview: https://fqxi.org/community/forum/topic/3428
Article: https://fqxi.org/data/essay-contest-files/Camber_3u.pdf
(The first five pages is the article. There are five pages of references.)

Do you think that it could have some merit?

Thank you.

Most sincerely,


First email: May 22, 2019

Dear Prof. Dr. Marcelo Gleiser:

My nephew asked me to help him out with his high school geometry
classes and we backed into a very unusual model of the universe using
Planck’s base units. Instead of Kees Boeke’s base-10, we used base-2
to go from the base units to the age and size of the universe. We intuited
that this inherent doubling function originated from within the historic
work on cubic-close packing. In 2016 I started a website for that exploration:

202 base-2 notations to encapsulate the universe: Is it just silliness?
I don’t think so, but it has a steep and tortuous climb ahead.
Might you comment?

Thank you.

Most sincerely,


PS. Please allow me to congratulate you on your Templeton Award (2019). I have been following that award since about 1975. You are historically surrounded by my some of our finest thinkers.

In 1980 I was with Frère Roger (1975) when the Pope came to visit Notre Dame. We sat together and talked about the interface of science and religion — continuity, symmetry, and harmony (even then!).

Tom Torrance (1978) was a warm acquaintance and correspondent. I met frequently with Ralph Wendell Burhoe (1980) to bring Zygon to Boston University. It went to Rollins in Florida.

Over time, I got to know and met with other Torrance Award winners: Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1989), Charles Birch (1990),  Paul Davies (1995), Freeman Dyson (2000), Arthur Peacocke  (2001) and Bernard d’Espagnat (2009), and (an update) Frank Wilczek (2022). As a result of a project I that I started at MIT for the meeting, Faith, Science and the Future (with the World Council of Churches), I was in touch with most of them!

In 1999 I produced an episode of our television series about Michael Novak (1994) and he became a very dear friend. That series aired weekly on PBS-TV stations around the country and VOA-TV throughout the world from 1994 through 2012.