NYC Skeptics Meet the Author: Mark Alpert
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NYC Skeptics Meet the Author Series presents

Mark Alpert: Final Theory - The Science of Fiction

When: Monday September 8, 2008 @ 7:00 PM
Where: SLC Conference Center, 352 7th Ave (30th st.) 16th Fl. NYC 10001

Scientific American editor Mark Alpert introduces his debut novel, Final Theory, a spellbinding thriller about Albert Einstein and a long-hidden set of equations that could destroy the world. The book is already a global phenomenon, with publishers in Europe, Asia and Latin America snapping up rights in 23 languages. He will use it as a launching point to talk about larger issues such as the direction of 21st-century physics and the increasingly blurry border between physics and metaphysics.

Mark Alpert has been an editor at Scientific American for the past ten years. His job is to simplify bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine’s readers, explaining concepts such as string theory, extra dimensions and parallel universes. A lifelong science geek, he majored in astrophysics at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Mark also studied creative writing and subsequently entered the M.F.A. writing program at Columbia University. During the 1990s Mark worked freelance, contributing articles to Popular Mechanics and writing copy for the talking heads on CNN’s Moneyline show. He also wrote novels and short stories, but the only piece of fiction he sold was a short story called “My Life with Joanne Christiansen,” which was published in Playboy.