An assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Raphael Bousso focuses his research on investigating and describing patterns in nature using the laws of physics.
Bousso will spend his Radcliffe fellowship year attempting to understand the origin of the holographic principle, which states that the world is, in a sense, only two-dimensional. He believes that this principle will require deeper insights into the connection between string theory and cosmology.
Bousso received his PhD from Cambridge University in 1998 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has recently received first prize in the Young Researchers Competition in honor of John Archibald Wheeler.