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Sidney Perkowitz's "Slow Light" at the Decatur Book Festival

This meetup is part of our Science Track at the 2011 Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend. It is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required. Time and location are subject to change, so please consult the official schedule before attending.

About Slow Light

Slow Light: Invisibility, Teleportation and Other Mysteries of Light  is a popular treatment of today’s astonishing breakthroughs in the science of light. Although we don’t understand all of light’s quantum mysteries, we can slow it to a stop and even speed it up; employ it for quantum telecommunications; teleport it; manipulate it to create invisibility; and, perhaps, use it to generate hydrogen fusion power.

All this is lucidly presented for non-scientists who wonder about teleportation, Harry Potter invisibility cloaks, and other fantastic outcomes. Slow Light shows how the real science and the fantasy inspire each other, and it projects light’s incredible future.

About Sidney

Sidney Perkowitz, a longtime Atlanta resident, is a native New Yorker and earned degrees in physics at Polytechnic University and the University of Pennsylvania.

After producing over 100 scientific research papers and books as the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Physics at Emory University, Sidney turned to presenting science for non-scientists. He has written the popular science books Empire of Light , Universal Foam , Digital People , Hollywood Science , and his latest, Slow Light, along with numerous newspaper and magazine articles, works for the stage, and a screenplay, all about science and scientists.

Sidney has made media appearances on CNN, NPR, the BBC and other European outlets, among others; he is often asked to talk about topics such as science in the movies at venues like NASA, Microsoft, and New York’s Museum of Natural History; he writes about science and popular culture for the National Academies of Science on their  Science and Entertainment Exchange blog.

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  • Kathy

    Interesting stuff! I liked the way the Sid's talk started with a historical overview of invisibility and teletransportation in film and imitative technologies and moved slowly into the real science, and even the technical parts were told in a way a lay person could at least try to understand. Very enjoyable even though I arrived a little late and almost didn't get in!

    September 4, 2011

  • don w.

    I came out with more questions than answers. Which is good.

    September 3, 2011

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