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Dr. Fred Alan Wolf
Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. is a consulting physicist, writer, and lecturer. He travels throughout the United States and the world lecturing on the new physics and consciousness and is the author of The Eagle's Quest, Parallel Universes, and The Dreaming Universe. Wolf won the American Book Award for Taking the Quantum Leap. He lives in San Francisco.

His first book SPACETIME AND BEYOND dealt with questions of science and mysticism in a cartoon format, and was described

as one of the most important works ever published on cosmic unity, scientific theory, and the nature of consciousness.

His second book, TAKING THE QUANTUM LEAP was the recipient of the American Book Award for Science softcovers in 1982 and one reviewer said, "The prose is every bit as exhilarating as Gamow's and exhibits the same passion to explain--humorously."

His third book, STAR WAVE: MIND, CONSCIOUSNESS AND QUANTUM PHYSICS, was critically acclaimed on the front page of the New York Times book Review as "a brilliant original leap into the future."

His fourth book, THE BODY QUANTUM was described as "introducing a new model into medicine that may allow us to re-envision the body."

His fifth book, PARALLEL UNIVERSES: THE SEARCH FOR OTHER WORLDS, has been described by Publisher's Weekly as "A wild intellectual ride . . . An enthralling read." The San Francisco Chronicle-Examiner said that it had "Amazing speculations on time travel, the nature of reality and existence, and the role of consciousness." New Age Journal described it as "An outrageous ride along the frontiers of science."

His sixth book, THE EAGLE'S QUEST: A PHYSICIST'S SEARCH FOR TRUTH IN THE HEART OF THE SHAMANIC WORLD describes in a visionary autobiography style, the author's interactions with shamans the world over and brings to bear the author's insights into the overlap of the modern physicist's view of reality with the shaman's. The author had actually participated with several new world shamans in sometimes painful and illuminating ceremonies with them.

His seventh book, THE DREAMING UNIVERSE published in May 1994 has been described as "The most important book on the nature and significance of dreams since Freud's THE INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS." It describes a new vision of self in the universe arising from matter dreaming.
 
 
Brian Greene
Physicist Brian Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (1999). The surprise bestseller attempts to reconcile two widely accepted but mutually exclusive theories regarding the physical universe: quantum mechanics and general relativity. Greene champions a hot but controversial idea, "superstring theory," which asserts that the universe is made up of tiny vibrating strings. The author uses metaphors and analogies from everyday life to make even the most obstruse ideas accessible to the lay reader.
 
Critics praise Greene for his ability to make extraordinarily arcane matter accessible to all readers. George Johnson, writing in The New York Times Book Review, said that Greene explores "ideas and recent developments with a depth and clarity that I wouldn't have thought possible. Like Simon Singh in Fermat's Enigma, he has a rare ability to explain even the most evanescent ideas in a way that gives at least the illusion of understanding, enough of a mental toehold to get on with the climb."
 
Brian Greene has expanded the popularity of his quest for the "theory of everything" with his television appearances, ranging from Late Night with Conan O'Brien to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and he was featured on ABC-TV's Nightline in Primetime, Brave New World Series on September 16, 1999. He's appeared with the Emerson String Quartet to combine string physics with string music. He even "punches up" scientifically accurate dialogue for NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun.
 
Brian Greene is Professor of both Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University. He has lectured on physics in more than twenty countries, and has shared the podium with Stephen Hawking and Edward Witten. He served as director of the Theoretical Advanced Study Institute in 1996 and is on the editorial boards of major publications in theoretical physics. The son of a voice coach and vaudeville performer, the 37 year-old physicist is receiving wide attention for his talents as a lecturer and public performer, in addition to his talents as a writer.

My area of research is superstring theory, a theory that purports to give us our first sensible theory of quantum gravity as well as a unified theory of all forces and all matter. As such, superstring theory has the potential of realizing Einstein's long sought for dream of a single, all encompassing, theory of the universe.

One of the strangest features of superstring theory is that the theory requires the universe to have more than three spatial dimensions. Much of my research has focused on the physical implications and mathematical properties of these extra dimensions --- studies that collectively go under the heading "quantum geometry".

Quantum geometry differs in substantial ways from the classical geoemtry underlying general relativity. For instance, topology change (the ``tearing" of space) is a commonplace feature of quantum geometry even though it involves operations that are classically discontinuous. As another example, two distinct classical spacetime geometries can give rise to identical physical implications, again at odds with conclusions based on classical general relativity. Currently, I am working on non-perturbative insights into quantum geometry using the new tools of D-branes emerging from the Second Superstring Revolution.


Elisabet Sahtouris
Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolution biologist, futurist, author, speaker and consultant on Living Systems Design. Showing the relevance of evolving biological systems to organizational design, she travels as a speaker in North, Central and South America

 
Mickey Kutzner
Professor of Physics B.S., Loma Linda University
M.S., UCLA
Ph.D., University of Virginia


Dr. Robert Kaita
Robert Kaita holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Rutgers University. He is currently Principal Research Physicist and Head of the Plasma Diagnostics Group on the Princeton Beta Experiment-Modification (PBX-M), and Co-Principal Investigator on the Current Drive Experimental Upgrade, an advanced thermonuclear fusion device at Princeton University's Plasma Physics laboratory. During his 19 years at Princeton he has performed experiments on the Tokamak Fusion Test Reactor, the first magnetic fusion.