Garrett Lisi, Surfer Genius?: Has a Van Dwelling Ne’r-Do-Well Stumbled Upon The Grand TOE (Theory of Everything)?

First it was that most famous of outsiders—Jesus—born in a manger.

And now it appears that the light of heaven has shined upon the cranium of Garrett Lisi—surfer dude.

Has God once again shared His deepest secrets with an eccentric outsider—bypassing The Establishment? 

American Garrett Lisi, a single, forty year old, van-dwelling surfer with a graduate degree in physics, may have stumbled upon his discipline’s holy grail—a ‘grand unified theory’ that seamlessly weaves Einstinian relativity with quantum particle physics.

At least Lee Smolin appears to think that he might have. In a long profile of Lisi, in Outside magazine, Smolin is quoted as saying:

“I and other people think the academic world suffers from not being more inclusive of people of this kind,” says Lee Smolin, a highly regarded researcher at the Waterloo, Canada–based Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, who has corre­sponded with Lisi. “We’re not talking about a crackpot. He has a Ph.D. from a good graduate program, and his work is well within the bounds of good research.”

Here’s the link to the full Lisi profile: http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200805/garrett-lisi-1.html

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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2 Responses to Garrett Lisi, Surfer Genius?: Has a Van Dwelling Ne’r-Do-Well Stumbled Upon The Grand TOE (Theory of Everything)?

  1. Crystal Baranyk says:

    He’s not single, nor has he been for the last seven years.

  2. santitafarella says:

    Lisi is married?

    Hmm.

    I thought the profile at Outside said he was single (or implied it).

    —Santi

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