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Jews You Should Know

Mar 20, 2018


The Nobel Prize is regarded as the pinnacle of scientific achievement in almost any discipline. Unless you are Brian Keating, a brilliant astro-physicist who nearly won the Prize, and now stands as one of its fiercest critics, advocating for reform.

Brian Keating, a professor at UCSD, began his astronomical career as a 12-year-old "principal investigator" - gazing into space through his $80, Sears-purchased telescope, funded by a generous grant from the "M-O-M Foundation." From there, he blossomed into one of the generation's most acclaimed cosmologists, crafting complex experiments at the South Pole and nearly solving one of the most contested questions in the origin-of-the-universe debate.

An Alter Boy in his youth, then affirmed atheist for many years, Keating later became a committed Jew with great respect for religion generally.

His book, Losing the Nobel Prize, chronicles his story and transformation, while also sharing his critique of what the Prize has become and what it's doing to science and to young scientists.

Losing the Nobel Prize will be available beginning in April 2018 at the books home site -  - as well as at or wherever fine books are sold.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.