Marcelo Gleiser is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. He obtained his Ph.D. from King’s College London and received the 1994 Presidential Faculty Fellows Award from the White House. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He is the winner of the 2019 Templeton Prize. His books have been published in 15 languages and include The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and The Search for MeaningA Tear at the Edge of Creation, and The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected. He has published hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, essays, and op-eds, and frequently participates in TV documentaries and radio shows in the US and abroad. He is the co-founder of the NPR blog on science and culture,13.7. He currently directs the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement at Dartmouth College. Dr. Gleiser will reflect on the limits of what we can know about the world and ourselves and how the sciences and the humanities may together shed some light on the mystery of who we are. He will borrow from some of his ideas in his books The Island of Knowledge and The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected.  More details at