Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town
George has an impressive academic career and is considered as one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology. However, his research involves many more aspects than just a cosmological perspective. He is engaged in the relation between human emotion and brain plasticity, the nature of social indicators and even in low-income housing. The debate between philosophers and physicists prompted him to take a critical position towards overly reductionist physicists. His work consists of more than 500 articles, sixteen books and numerous book chapters for which he was awarded several Honorary Degrees. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, London (FRS). Besides this he received the John F. W. Herschel Medal of the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSA), the Templeton Prize in 2004 and as a special honour, Nelson Mandela awarded him the Order of the Star of South Africa in 1999.
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Ellis, G., Maartens, R. & MacCallum, M. “Relativistic Cosmology”, 2012
Murphey, N. & Ellis, G. “On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Theology, Cosmology and Ethics.”, 1996
Wainwright, J, and Ellis, G, “Dynamical systems in cosmology”, 2005
Dewar, D. & Ellis, G. “Low Income Housing Policy in South Africa”, 1979
Hawking, S. & Ellis, G. “The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time”, 1973
George Ellis on "What Exists?", interviewed by Robert L. Kuhn on Closer To Truth.
George regards two kinds of possibility spaces the deep structure of the Universe; the physical ones and the abstract ones.
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