Lee Smolin is a theoretical physicist who works at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. His main focus has been the quantum theory of gravity, to which he has made many contributions. He has also worked on cosmology, foundations of quantum theory, particle physics, theoretical biology, and economics. He is the author of three books: Life of the Cosmos, Three Roads to Quantum Gravity, and The Trouble with Physics. His current book projects concern the reality of time. Born in New York City and educated at Hampshire College and Harvard University, he is a very happy immigrant to Canada and Toronto.
In a lecture at Cambridge in 1959, C. P. Snow famously complained of the division of the intellectual and university worlds into two cultures, that of the sciences and that of the humanities. He put his point bluntly: A good . . .