Jason Socrates Bardi, will discuss his TWO books,
Calculus Wars and
Fifth Postulate: How Unraveling a Two Thousand Year Old Mystery Unraveled the Universe It may be surprising to most that many popular revelations of modern physics such as Einstein's theory of relativity, string theory, and lots of other mind boggling space-bending theories could not be discovered until scientists and mathematicians recognized an uncomfortable truth—Euclid's fifth postulate which defined the nature of parallel lines and space, was simply untrue. In The Fifth Postulate, acclaimed National Institutes of Health science writer Jason Socrates Bardi tells the tale of what happened when, in the early 1800s, three great mathematicians, working independently, came to the same profound conclusion. Discarding this postulate after 2,000 years of following it thus opened an entire new universe of non-Euclidian geometry, in which the recognition that space is curved solved scores of previously insolvable problems and laid the groundwork for a host of new discoveries to come. Packed with fascinating insights, Bardi gives clear explanations of these complicated mathematical concepts that will fascinate lovers of the history of science and mathematics as well as the politics of discovery. Bardi obtained graduate degrees in molecular biophysics (M.A., 1998) and science writing (M.A., 2001) from Johns Hopkins University, and has since worked as a professional science writer for a number of companies, government agencies, and private institutions including NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.