American physicist, author, and screenwriter. Born in Chicago to Holocaust survivors, Mlodinow showed an early aptitude for mathematics and eventually earned his doctorate in physics at the University of California at Berkeley. Much of his scientific career has been devoted to tackling difficult mathematical problems in quantum mechanics, the forefront of modern-day physics. Among the science books he has written for the general reader are
The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (2008) and most recently Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior (2012). A much-sought-after co-author, Mlodinow has teamed up with British physicist Stephen Hawking on two books: A Briefer History of Time (2005) and The Grand Design (2010). In The War of the Worldviews (2011), Mlodinow and Deepak Chopra address "the big questions" from their respective scientific and spiritual perspectives. Mlodinow has also written television screenplays for Star Trek: The Next Generation and MacGyver. See also onbeing.org.