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Sabine Hossenfelder
Sabine Hossenfelder.jpg
Hossenfelder in 2017
Born (1976-09-18) September 18, 1976 (age 46)[1]
Alma materGoethe University Frankfurt
Known forAnalog models of gravity
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum gravity
InstitutionsFrankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
ThesisSchwarze Löcher in Extra-Dimensionen : Eigenschaften und Nachweis (2003)
Doctoral advisorHorst Stöcker
YouTube information
Years active2007–present
GenreScience communication
(February 2023)
Total views72 million[3]
(18 March 2023)
YouTube information
Years active2015–present
(February 2023)
Total views71 million[4]
(11 March 2023)

Sabine Hossenfelder (born September 18, 1976[1]) is a German theoretical physicist, science communicator, author, musician and YouTuber. She is the author of Lost in Math: How beauty leads physics astray, which explores the concept of elegance in fundamental physics and cosmology, and of Existential Physics: A scientist’s guide to life’s biggest questions.


Hossenfelder received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics in 1997 from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main.[5] In 2004 she completed a doctorate in theoretical physics from the same institution with a thesis titled Schwarze Löcher in Extra-Dimensionen: Eigenschaften und Nachweis[6][7] (she published a paper in the same year with a similar title in the journal Physics Letters B in English, titled "Black Hole Relics in Large Extra Dimensions"[8]).


Hossenfelder remained in Germany until 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher at the GSI Helmholtz Centre for Heavy Ion Research in Darmstadt.[5] She was subsequently employed as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Arizona, Tucson, University of California, Santa Barbara, and later at the Perimeter Institute, Canada. She joined the Nordita Institute for Theoretical Physics in Sweden in 2009 as an assistant professor.[9] She has been employed by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies between 2015 and 2022.

Public engagement and scientific achievements[edit]

Hossenfelder is a freelance popular science writer who has written a blog since 2006.[10] She contributes to the Forbes column "Starts with a Bang"[11] as well as Quanta Magazine,[12] New Scientist,[13] Nature Physics,[14] Scientific American,[15] Nautilus Quarterly[16] and Physics Today.[17]

Her 2018 book, Lost in Math, was also published in German with the title Das hässliche Universum (The Ugly Universe). Hossenfelder posits that the universe (and its particle model) is messy, and that it cannot be described by a mathematically beautiful Grand Unified Theory.[18]

She currently runs an eponymous YouTube channel (subtitled "Science without the gobbledygook"). She also has a YouTube channel for music she writes and records.

In August 2022, Hossenfelder released a book titled Existential Physics: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions, published by Viking Press.[19]

Personal life[edit]

She married Stefan Scherer in 2006. They have twin daughters born in 2010.[20]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography:Sabine Hossenfelder". HandWiki.
  2. ^ "Die Grundlagenphysik hat sich vergaloppiert, sagt die Physikerin Sabine Hossenfelder im Interview" – Kultur
  3. ^ a b "About Sabine Hossenfelder". YouTube.
  4. ^ a b "About Sabine Hossenfelder (Music videos)". YouTube.
  5. ^ a b "Bio". Archived from the original on 28 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  6. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (6 October 2003). Schwarze Löcher in Extra-Dimensionen : Eigenschaften und Nachweis (PhD). Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg. OCLC 1184087608.
  7. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (6 October 2003). Schwarze Löcher in Extra-Dimensionen : Eigenschaften und Nachweis (PhD). INSPIRE-HEP. OCLC 1184087608.
  8. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine; Bleicher, Marcus; Hofmann, Stefan; Stöcker, Horst; Kotwal, Ashutosh V. (2003). "Black hole relics in large extra dimensions". Physics Letters B. 566 (3–4): 233–239. arXiv:hep-ph/0302247. Bibcode:2003PhLB..566..233H. doi:10.1016/s0370-2693(03)00835-9. S2CID 119330631.
  9. ^ Mühlen, Hans. "Sabine Hossenfelder – NORDITA". Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  10. ^ "About". Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  11. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine. "Why Trust A Theory? Physicists And Philosophers Debate The Scientific Method". Starts with a Bang. Forbes. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Sabine Hossenfelder | Quanta Magazine". Archived from the original on 15 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Strangely familiar: Is dark matter normal stuff in disguise?". New Scientist. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  14. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (5 April 2017). "Science needs reason to be trusted". Nature Physics. 13 (4): 316–317. Bibcode:2017NatPh..13..316H. doi:10.1038/nphys4079. S2CID 125850100.
  15. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (2015). "Head Trip". Scientific American. 313 (3): 46–49. Bibcode:2015SciAm.313c..46H. doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0915-46. PMID 26455101.
  16. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (2 February 2017). "What Quantum Gravity Needs Is More Experiments". Nautilus. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  17. ^ Hossenfelder, Sabine (1 December 2013). "The Universe in the Rearview Mirror: How Hidden Symmetries Shape Reality". Physics Today. 66 (12): 50. Bibcode:2013PhT....66l..50H. doi:10.1063/PT.3.2217. ISSN 0031-9228.
  18. ^ Sabine Hossenfelder: Das hässsliche Universum. Frankfurt 2018. p. 67 pp. (in German)
  19. ^ Catherine Lantz (reviewer) (1 June 2022). "Existential Physics: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions". Library Journal.
  20. ^ "Freedom from Religeon Foundation". Retrieved 11 March 2023.

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