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Science Sketches
The Universe from Different Angles

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ISBN 9789814877947
March 10, 2022 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
324 Pages 6 Color & 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is the second collection of over 50 articles and essays authored by Sidney Perkowitz. Appearing in diverse outlets such as Discover, Washington Post, Aeon, Los Angeles Review of Books, Nautilus, Museum of the Moving Image, and Physics World, they represent the best of his writing about science and technology, and their links to culture and society, the arts and the media, and the humanities. Written for general readers, the pieces explore the outer and inner universes from cosmic space to the human mind, from the artistic use of science to the impact of technology and AI in the justice system, in medicine, and in dealing with COVID-19.

Table of Contents

Looking at Nature Without and Within


The invisible universe

How to See the Invisible Universe

Heat Wave

Mood Indigo

Black holes, quanta, and gravity

A Supermassive Lens on the Constants of Nature

The Most Popular Physics Meme Ever

Can Space Experiments Solve the Puzzle of Quantum Gravity?

Small Wonders

The Quantum Random Number Generator

Observing our Earth

Sunlight, Life, and Time


We and the Earth Breathe Together

Peering inside the body and the mind

The Better to See You With

The Power of Crossed Brain Wires

Can Zapping Your Brain Really Make You Smarter?

Doing the Math


A Short Take on Mathematics

The Poetry and Prose of Math: Part 1, Poetry

The Poetry and Prose of Math: Part 2, Prose

Infinity on Screen

Four Scientists and a Quest


Galileo Through a Lens

The Shadow of Enlightenment

If Only 19th-Century America Had Listened to a Woman Scientist

Romancing the Quantum

Technology in Society


Technology: past, present, and future

Most Tech Today Would be Frivolous to Ancient Scientists

Sociophysics and Econophysics, the Future of Social Science?

When Houses Grow on Trees

Robots, AI, and synthetic life

Representing Robots

Frankenstein and Synthetic Life

Intelligent Machines

Is technology neutral?

Confronting the Wall

Bad Blood, Worse Ethics

The Bias in the Machine

Technology and warfare

The War Science Waged

From Terminator to Black Mirror


Police technology

The Physics of Blood Spatter

From the Lab to the Courtroom

Science, Fiction, and Art


Science and art change each other

The Art of Falling Fluid

Light in the Woods

Paint it Nanoblack

Physics and Art in 2½ D

Altered States

Imagining the pandemic

Panic in the Streets

Only Disconnect!

Documenting science onscreen

The Chemical Formula

Getting the Film Physics Right

Facing Up to Facial Recognition

Sunday is Maroon

Science Cinema Online

Fictional science and science fiction


Trapped on Mars

Science Advances and Science Fiction Keeps Up

Entropy and the End of the World in Tenet

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Sidney Perkowitz was born in New York City, attended college at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (now the NYU Tandon School of Engineering), and earned his doctorate in physics at the University of Pennsylvania.

As Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University, he produced over 100 research papers and books. As professor emeritus, he has presented science for non-scientists in books (Empire of Light, Universal Foam and Universal Foam 2.0, Digital People, Hollywood Science, Slow Light, Hollywood Chemistry, Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon, and Real Scientists Don’t Wear Ties) that have been translated into seven languages and Braille; over 200 articles and book chapters in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Scientist, Leonardo, Discover, Physics World, Encyclopedia Britannica, Aeon, Quo, Los Angeles Review of Books, JSTOR Daily, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction, and elsewhere; and theatrical works produced in Atlanta, New York, and Chicago.

He has appeared on CNN, NPR, the BBC, and other outlets, and venues such as NASA, Microsoft, the American Museum of Natural History, the High Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Atlanta Science Festival, and various café scientifiques, to discuss topics from science in the media to the science of food. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in 2015, received a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts.