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'''John Carlos Baez''' ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|b|aɪ|ɛ|z}}<!--John Baez on the number 8 at 0:20-->; born June 12, 1961) is an American [[mathematical physics|mathematical physicist]] and a professor of [[mathematics]] at the [[University of California, Riverside]] (UCR)<ref>[https://archive.is/20120730014003/http://www.facultydirectory.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/pub/public_individual.pl?faculty=193 UC Riverside, Department of Mathematics]</ref> in [[Riverside, California|Riverside]], California. He is known for his work on [[spin foam]]s in [[loop quantum gravity]].<ref>Baez, John C. (1998), "Spin foam models", ''Class. & Quantum Gravity'' 15, 1827–1858</ref><ref>[http://www.slac.stanford.edu/spires/topcites/2004/eprints/to_gr-qc_alltime.shtml Top Cited Articles of All Time (2004 edition) in gr-qc]</ref> For some time, his research had focused on applications of [[higher category theory|higher categories]] to physics.<ref>[http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/diary/january_2010.html John Baez Diary – January 2010], 1 January 2010</ref><ref name=BL>John C. Baez and [[Aaron Lauda]], ''[https://arxiv.org/abs/0908.2469 A Prehistory of n-Categorical Physics]'', Deep Beauty, 13–128, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, (2011).</ref>, such as the [[cobordism hypothesis]]. He now works on [[applied category theory]], especially the study of networks.<ref>[http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/networks/ John Baez, Network theory.</ref>
 
Baez is also known to science fans as the author of ''This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics'',<ref>[http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/TWF.html This Week's Finds]</ref> 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 following in its new form, the blog "Azimuth". ''This Week's Finds'' anticipated the concept of a personal [[blog|weblog]].<ref>Lieven LeBruyn, [http://www.neverendingbooks.org/the-unbearable-lightness-of-math-blogging The unbearable lightness of math-blogging], August 23, 2007</ref> Additionally, Baez is known on the [[World Wide Web]] as the author of the [[crackpot index]].