ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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
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
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.