Barry Parker


Barry Parker was born in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. He obtained a B.A. (honors physics) and a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and a Ph.D. from Utah State University. He taught at Weber state University for two years, and at Idaho State University for 30 years before retiring.
His research area was general relativity, black holes and cosmology, but he also had an intense interest in biophysics. He taught a biophysics class for several years and did some research on the physics of the DNA molecule.
He enjoys playing the piano (pop, jazz, blues, classical, western) flyfishing, boating and skiing. He lives in Pocatello with his wife, and has a cabin in Island Park, near Yellowstone.

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Write Faster, but Accurately
My New Book: "Your Book"
Writing a Children's Book
The Secret of Selling More Books

Tendonitis: Tennis Elbow
Why Staying Flexible is Important
Waking up at 3:00 A.M.
Sleep: Relax Before You Go to Bed

We All Need ... A Little Inspiration (once in a while)
Enjoy the Good Times
Staying Motivated

Quantum of Solace: Bond 22

Brain Tumors: Are They Initiated by Cell Phones?
The High Price of Gas: Is it Greed?
The new ZR1: The Super Corvette

Writing Well, Health and Fitness, Science

Welcome to my site. I'm glad you took the time to stop by. I've had twenty-five books published in the last few years. Most are popular science, which is perhaps natural, as I was a professor of physics and astronomy at Idaho State University for thirty years. I'm now a professor emeritus, which is a fancy name for someone who is retired, but is trying to stay active, or at least, involved. My books are, for the most part, non-fiction, and most are for adults, although I have written a few for children, and am planning to do more. Articles in various areas are listed below and my Blogs are listed to the left. I hope you visit some of them.

Also, see my latest books. My most recent one is an inspirational book titled "Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow. The emphasis throughout the book is "live for Today" and don't worry needlessly about the future, or about mistakes you have made in the past. Look forward to each new day; let each day be a new adventure. Some of the topics covered are:
* How to enjoy life more
* How to raise your happines "set point"
* How to develop the habit of thinking positive thoughts
* How to develop that "Winning Feeling"
* How goals can change your life
* Why laughter is good for you
* How to stay young
The cover is shown below.

I have also recently completed a book on music titled
Good Vibrations: The Physics of Music
. It's an excellent overview of the science behind music, but it's actually much more. The basics of sound, the building blocks of music, musical instruments and new technologies are all discussed in detail. My second book on writing was also published recently; it is titled Write a Book that will Sell and it is a companion to my earlier writing book You Should Write a Book which gives you all kinds of information on how to write it with style and clarity, how to self-publish (if that's what you want) and how to sell thousands of copies. It is based on a writing class I taught at ISU for several years. And don't forget to sign up for my newsletter on writing and selling your book (click on Newletter above

"The Physics of War" my latest book.

This is another of my latest books, and it actually is my latest. Furthermore, it's on a subject I haven't wrote about before, but one I've always been interested in. Although it concentrates on the physics and science of war, it's also a good history of war almost since the beginning of civilization. It starts with some of the great chariot wars of the earliest times and ends with the latest weapons, including the atomic and hydrogen bombs and everything that has come since them. It should give you a good idea of how much war has changed, and how prevalent it has been throughout history. We would all like to stop war, or somehow control it, and a good place to start is to understand it and this book should help in this respect. But I'll have to admit that I have no idea what is the best way to avoid war. And there is no doubt that it has become more impersonal and deadly with the new weapons that have been produced as a result of physics and other sciences. Anyway, I hope you're curious enough to read it.

Articles and Resources

Writing, Self-Publishing, and Selling Books

Praise for "You Should Write a Book"

"I can't think of any other manual of the do's and don'ts of good writing that also takes the aspiring writer through the process of editing, setting up the computer for self-publishing, book design, printing, establishing a website and selling the book. An excellent guide." Barbara Lambert

"If you plan to write a book, start by reading this one." Stacie V Author

My new book titled "You Should Write a Book: Writing it With Style and Clarity, Publishing Beautiful Pages, Selling Thousands of Copies" is now out.A summary of its contents is given below.

PART I: Writing it with Style and Clarity
Getting Started
Writing the Way you Talk
Making it Personal
Making it Memorable
Making it Sparkle
The Three C's: Clutter, Clarity, and Continuity
Unity, Coherence, and Originality
Developing Voice and Style

PART II: Self-Publishing Beautiful Pages
Becoming a Publisher
Computer Programs for Self-Publishing
Title, Cover, Front and Back Material
Printing Your Book

PART III: Selling Thousands of Copies
The First Step: Establishing a Website
Optimizing your Website
Blogs, Press Releases Social Media, and RSS
Sending Out Emails
Making Your Book a Local Best-Seller
Other Methods

My Latest Book

Live for Today. You can order the book by using the button below

Table of Contents:

Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Hope for Tomorrow
Don't Let Life Just Pass: Enjoy it
You Have to Have Something to Look Forward to
Happiness Doesn't Just Happen: It requires Love
The Key to a Happier Life: Positive Thoughts
The Power of Enthusiasm: It can Make a Real Difference
Wake Up in the Morning "Raring" to Go
Seven Things You Can Do that Will Make You a Better Person
What is Happiness?
How to Raise Your Happiness "Set Point"
How to Develop the Happiness Habit
Enjoy the Good Times
We All Need "A Little Inspiration"
Success is Going From Failure to Failure Without Loss of Enthusiasm
Five Steps to That "Winning Feeling"
Have Goals But Live Day by Day
Goals Can Change Your Life
You Can Stay Young
How to Have a Relaxed Lifestyle
Persistence Can Work Miracles
Five Basic Rules for Better Sleep
Why You MUST Overcome Stress
Fifteen Things That Can Help You Overcome Stress
Rundown, Chronically Tired, Listless: You May Have Adrenal Fatigue
What Everyone Needs for a Better Life: A Calm and Peaceful Mind
Why Laughter is So Good For You
The "Feel Good" Connection: Serotonin
Affirmations: A Variation That Can Improve Your success
Super Motivation: The Quickest Way to Success
Self-Acceptance and Self Confidence: Two Traits You Need and How to Get Them
Improving Your Self-Image: How and Why it is Important

Ordering the book
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Health and Fitness

My recent book "Feel Great Feel Alive: Seven Steps to Superhealth and Fitness" can be obtained by clicking on the title in the right column and going down to the "buy" button.

Music and the Piano

Inspirational Articles

I'll have several inspirational articles in this section but to access them you'll have to go to the right hand column under "Inspirational Articles" and click on the one that is of interest to you.
A list of them is given below:

"What is Happiness?"
"How to Raise your Happiness "Set Point""

Einstein and Relativity Theory

Physics and Cars

James Bond and the Bond Movies

Popular Science and Health

An inspirational book that covers the topics: Happiness, Motivation and Relief from Stress. the emphasis is on "Live for Today." Don't worry; enjoy life more and look forward to each new day as if it were a new adventure.
Einstein's younger life was fascinating inmany ways. It was filled with disappointments and failures, but he struggled on and overcame them and went on to become the greatest scientist who ever lived. This is the story of his early life, written in novelization form for ease of reading. Liberties are taken in the dialogue, but the story is factual and very close to his actual life
nonfiction book on music
A book that tells you everything about what is behind music: the science behind it
nonfiction book
A book on writing that tells you how to make sure it sells
Books and Writing
An excellent book for writers and people wanting to publish a book. It gives details on all three of the main things needed to write, publish and sell your book
Health and Fitness
Most people have a good idea what they should be doing to maximize their health, but very few actually take them to heart and do them. This book gives you a program for maximizing your health and making you "feel great," and, hopefully, it will also motivate you to do it.
Popular science
This book explains the science in the James Bond movies. Some of it is, of course, valid, but some is not. This is where to find the truth.
Part of the Smithsonian series on science. 218 pages with 250 full color photgraphs and illustrations.
Nearly everyone has heard of Einstein's theory of relativity, but few people know of his other contributions to other areas of science. This book shows the incredibly wide-ranging influence of Einstein's many discoveries.
This book focuses on five aspects of Einstein's emotional nature that had a profound impact on his life and career
This is the story of the origin and development of quantum theory. It also shows us how quantum theory has affected our everyday lives.
A description of the discoveries of modern physics and the mysteries still faced in the quest for a unified theory of the universe
An introduction to some of the most important questions about the universe. Is there life out there, and if there is what form does it take. When will we see it? Has it visited us in the past?
Will it ever be possible to travel to the stars? what about going into the future and back to the past? These are the questions that this book answers.
An overview of how the universe began and how it has evolved. Some of the most important questions about the universe are answered.
An overview of of our search for am understanding of the organization of the physical world.
An overview of the triumphs and problems that still exist fro the Big Bang theory of the universe. Almost everyone is convinced that it is the correct theory of the universe, but there are still a few things to iron out in it.
Galaxies are the largest things in the universe. This book explains what happens when they collide and explode.
Chaos theory is considered to be one of the most important discoveries of the twentieth century. The revolutionary ideas of this new science are applied to astronomy in this book.
Kid's book
A delightful book for young children. It is the story of an amazing goat and her friends, Barney, the mouse, Dolly, the mule, and two goats, Nanny and Billy. Zack teaches Baby to count and she soon becomes the town celebrity, but she doesn't like it. At the end of the book she becomes trapped in a burning barn with Barney, but Barney gets help.
popular science
An exciting ride into the world of cars and physics. In short, a look at how cars depend on the many principles and laws of physics.
Popular Science
A simple introduction to Einstein's two best-known theories: his special and general theories of relativity. Applications are also discussed.
Perched on the top of the highest mountain in the Pacific is the largest observatory in the world, the Mauna Kea Observatory. This is the story of how it began and how it grew.
An overview of the role of the "dark matter" of the universe in cosmology. It also contains a discussion of the possible eventual fates of the universe.
Kid's books
An excellent introduction to and explanation of gravity for children ages 9 to 14.
Textbook in Astronomy
An introduction to astronomy. It covers astronomy from A to Z
Inspirational Articles
A look at what happiness is and what it entails, from my book "Feel Great Feel Alive."
A list of the things you can do to raise you happiness set point.

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