I'm a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the University of Southern California. My work involves research and teaching, primarily, but you may have seen me out there giving public talks, on TV, or online, talking about science, art, movies, and other related topics. I teach both undergraduates and postgraduates. Find out more about those activities by following the links to the far left. USC is located on the University Park Campus right in the centre of the city of Los Angeles, in California. It is one of the most vibrant cities on the planet, where you can find pretty much everything!
It's a graphic novel style non-fiction science book for non-experts. I've been writing and drawing it for many years and it is finally a physical object you can hold in your hands. So far, everyone agrees it is rather beautiful, and as a bonus, an engaging read.
You can find out more here.
I'm told that I'm supposed to mention things like international prizes and recognition here. So, briefly, I've been awarded the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award (1997), the Institute of Physics' Maxwell Medal and Prize (2005), a Simons Foundation Fellowship (2016), and a lovely book on music theory for winning an essay competition when I was maybe ten or eleven. I wish I could remember what it was about.
I spend a lot of time talking about science with members of the public in various venues, from public talks and appearances, various intersections with the arts and media (you might catch me on TV and web shows like The Universe, Big History, Screen Junkies, or Fail Lab), to just chatting with someone on the subway. I love helping artists, filmmakers, writers, and other shapers of our culture include science in their work in some way. Yes, I do an lot of consulting as a scientist for movies and TV. You're probably seen some of the results. Check out my blog for more about those things, including links to interviews, and occasional upcoming events. Get in touch if you are interested in having me appear at an event, or if I can help you with the science in your artistic endeavour.