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Christoph Schiller, PhD


A short introduction

Dr. Schiller, the author of the 'Motion Mountain' textbook, was born in 1960 and is Italian, German and European. He is married and has two children. Raised bilingually in Varese (Italy), he studied physics at the Universität Stuttgart (Germany) and received his Ph.D. in physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), in the department of Ilya Prigogine, supported by a Grant of the Volkswagenstiftung. He has also lived in Switzerland, the UK, France, Japan and the Netherlands. His Erdős number is 5, and so is his Einstein number—typical numbers for a physicist of his age. His publications and preprints are found on ResearchGate and on Google Scholar. He occasionally writes tweets at and toots at


From points to fluctuating strands: advancing theoretical physics

To advance, theoretical physics must stop thinking in terms of points and, instead, think in terms of the configurations and fluctuations of strands constituting the underlying fabric of reality, argues Dr. Schiller. We believe his argument represents a step forward towards a holistic understanding of nature as the behavior of an extended substrate, as opposed to the dynamics of discrete, point-like things.

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