John C. Baez
John C. Baez  

John C. Baez (August 2009)


Born  San Francisco, California, United States 
June 12, 1961
Nationality  American 
Fields  Mathematics, Physics 
Institutions  University of California, Riverside 
Alma mater  Princeton University (undergraduate) Massachusetts Institute of Technology(Ph.D) Yale University (Postgraduate) 
Thesis  Conformally Invariant Quantum Fields (1986) 
Doctoral advisor  Irving Segal 
Notable awards  Levi L. Conant Prize (2013) 
John Carlos Baez (/ˈbaɪ.ɛz/; born June 12, 1961) is an American mathematical physicist and a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside (UCR)^{[1]} in Riverside, California. He is known for his work on spin foams in loop quantum gravity.^{[2]}^{[3]} For some time, his research had focused on applications of higher categories to physics and other things.^{[4]}
Baez is also known to science fans as the author of This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics,^{[5]} an irregular column on the internet featuring mathematical exposition and criticism. He started This Week's Finds in 1993 for the Usenet community, and it now has a worldwide following in its new form, the blog "Azimuth". This Week's Finds anticipated the concept of a personal weblog.^{[6]} Additionally, Baez is known on the World Wide Web as the author of the crackpot index.
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Early life and education
Baez was born in San Francisco, California. He graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in 1982. In 1986, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a Doctor of Philosophy under the direction of Irving Segal. After a postdoctoral period at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, he has been teaching — since 1989 — at UC Riverside. From 2010 to 2012 he took a leave of absence to work at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore, and since then he works there in the summers.
Blogs
Baez runs the blog "Azimuth," where he writes about a variety of topics ranging from This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics to the current focus, combating climate change and various other environmental issues.
Baez is also cofounder of the nCategory Café (or nCafé), a group blog concerning higher category theory and its applications, as well as its philosophical repercussions. The founders of the blog are Baez, David Corfield and Urs Schreiber, and the list of blog authors has extended since. The nCafé community is associated with the nLab wiki and nForum forum, which now run independently of nCafé. It is hosted on The University of Texas at Austin's official website.
Family
His physicist uncle, Albert Baez (inventor of the Xray microscope and father of singer and progressive activist Joan Baez), interested him in physics as a child.^{[7]}
John Baez is married to Lisa Raphals who is a professor of Chinese and comparative literature at UCR.^{[8]}^{[9]}
Selected publications
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Notes
 ↑ UC Riverside, Department of Mathematics
 ↑ Baez, John C. (1998), "Spin foam models", Class. & Quantum Gravity 15, 1827–1858
 ↑ Top Cited Articles of All Time (2004 edition) in grqc
 ↑ John Baez Diary  January 2010, 20100101
 ↑ This Week's Finds
 ↑ http://www.neverendingbooks.org/theunbearablelightnessofmathblogging Lieven LeBruyn, The unbearable lightness of mathblogging, 23 August, 2007
 ↑ "Interview by David Morrison". Retrieved May 24, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 ↑ February 17, 2007  Lisa Raphals and I got married today! (Diary  February 2007)
 ↑ Lisa Raphals (UCR faculty page)
References
 Baez, John C. (ed.) (1994). Knots and quantum gravity. Oxford: Clarendon Press, an imprint of the Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198534906. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 Baez, John C.; Muniain, Javier (1994). Gauge fields, knots and gravity. Singapore: World Scientific. ISBN 9810220340. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 Baez, John C.; Segal, Irving E.; and Zhou, Zhenfang (1992). Introduction to algebraic and constructive quantum field theory. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691085463. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
 Baez, John C. (1996) Spin networks in gauge theory, Advances in Mathematics 117, 253272
 Baez, John C. (1998) Quantum geometry & black hole entropy, w. A. Ashtekar, A. Corichi & K. Krasnov, Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 904907.
External links
 Baez's home page at UCR's official website (ucr.edu)
 Azimuth blog by Baez
 The nCategory Café
 nLab, a wikilab for collaborative original research in mathematics, physics, and philosophy; see also nLab
Essays
 "Should I be thinking about quantum gravity?", essay by Baez at The World Question Center
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 1961 births
 20thcentury American mathematicians
 21stcentury American mathematicians
 American physicists
 American bloggers
 American Internet celebrities
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni
 Princeton University alumni
 Yale University fellows
 Usenet people
 Category theorists
 University of California, Riverside faculty
 Living people
 Theoretical physicists
 Higher category theory