18/08/2005. Contributed by Jessica Martin
On August 12th, 2005 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, in West Philadelphia, adjacent to the Univ. of Pennsylvania campus, the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS), a non-profit organization that meets monthly to discuss and promote science fiction and fantasy in literature, the arts, and popular culture, will hold their August meeting.
Award-winning science writer Dr. Paul Halpern will speak at 9 PM.
Dr. Halpern is the author of many science books, including The Great Beyond, Faraway Worlds, The Pursuit of Destiny, Countdown to Apocalypse, The Quest for Alien Planets, The Cyclical Serpent, The Structure of the Universe, Cosmic Wormholes and Time Journeys.
He has received praise from numerous publications, including Nature, Scientific American, Sky & Telescope and New Scientist. The Cyclical Serpent was chosen as one of the best Sci-Tech books of 1995 by Library Journal, and Cosmic Wormholes was chosen as a main selection of the Astronomy and Natural Science Book Club.
He has appeared on many television and radio shows, including the PBS series 'Future Quest' and the National Public Radio show 'Radio Times'
Dr. Halpern received a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award, which he used to examine the history of the notion of higher dimensions in science, and the impact of this idea upon popular culture.
His research, 'The Concept of Dimensionality in Science', will cover the period from the mid-19th century, when the idea of the fourth dimension was first introduced, until the late 20th century, when scientists developed 10 and 11 dimensional models of the universe.
He has published numerous research articles in the fields of general relativity, cosmology, chaos theory and complexity. In 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Humboldt University in Berlin.
For more information about Halpern, check out http://www.phalpern.com -for more about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, http://www.psfs.org and for info on the 2005 Philadelphia Science Fiction Conference, coming December 9-11th 2005 at the downtown Marriott, visit http://www.philcon.org
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