John Desmond on 8 Aug 2005 14:28:39 -0000

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[PLUG] OT: Paul Halpern speaks Friday to Phl Science Fiction Soc

Salutations, gentlefolk,

Hope this will be of interest to some of you. Apologies for wasting your electrons if not.

Yours, John Desmond


At 8:00PM 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 Dr. Halpern, check out for more about the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and for info on the 2005 Philadelphia Science Fiction Conference, coming December 9-11 at the downtown Marriott, visit

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