07/10/2012

Paul Halpern, PhD

Physics

Halpern_paulProfessor of Physics

Expertise

General relativity, complexity, history of physics, particle physics, black holes, the nature of time and time travel, cultural aspects of science, extraterrestrial life and new planets, scientific predictions, apocalypse, chaos theory, the Big Bang, cosmology, early universe.

About Dr. Halpern

Dr. Halpern is the author of 13 widely-acclaimed books on subjects ranging from the history of particle physics to the nature of time. His recent books include Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond, Collider: The Search for the World's Smallest Particles and What’s Science Ever Done For Us?: What The Simpsons Can Teach Us about Physics, Robots, Life, and the Universe. His work has received accolades and praise from numerous publications, including USA Today, ABCNews.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Publishers Weekly, The San Francisco Chronicle, Nature, Scientific American, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. Dr. Halpern has appeared on many television and radio shows, including the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, the PBS series “Future Quest,” “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special” and the National Public Radio show “Radio Times. ”

A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an Athenaeum Society Literary Award, he has published numerous research articles in the fields of general relativity, cosmology, chaos theory, complexity and the history of physics. In 1996, he was a Fulbright Scholar to Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, where he studied evolutionary algorithms. Dr. Halpern's research interests include complex and higher-dimensional solutions in general relativity, structurally dynamic cellular automata and genetic algorithms, the history of modern physics, and the relationship between science and culture.

He received his PhD in theoretical physics and his MA in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his BA in physics and mathematics from Temple University.

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