“Knowledge”: Marcelo Gleiser

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist specializing in particle cosmology. He studies the emergence of complex structures in nature, focusing on fundamental questions related to what he calls the “three origins”: cosmos, life, and mind. Marcelo is very active in public understanding of science and has written several books (A Tear at the Edge of Creation, The Simple Beauty of Unexpected, The Island of Knowledge, and others). This last interdisciplinary question, the question about the limits of knowledge, occupies much of Marcelo’s time when he is not working on more technical stuff. Luminous Part together with Kulturomania has talked to him, discussing the nature of information and knowledge. How much can we know? Can we know everything? Why do we want to do that, and why are we always looking for a meaning?