This is an older picture of me flyfishing in Island Park

RECENT BOOKS

JAMES BOND: Death rays, Jet Packs. stunts and Supercars
This will be available in 2005 and should be of interest to any Bond fans, and I know there's lots of them. I will discuss all the science in the 20 Bond movies that have been made. I hope it will be a fun book to read, and you might learn some interesting things from it.

ALBERT EINSTEIN'S VISION: Remarkable Discoveries that Shaped Modern Science Prometheus Books 2004
This will be available in the spring of 2004. Einstein's discoveries have had a strong influence in shaping modern science. This book is an up-to-date look at many of the breakthrough in modern science and how they have been influenced by Einstein.

BABY'S IN THE DOGHOUSE Spring 2004
This is my second children's book and it's quite different from the first. It isn't science-oriented, rather it's the story of three small goats, the smallest of which is "Baby." It is based on three goats that we have in our backyard, so part of it is true, but most is fiction. It is meant for 4 to 8 year olds.

Biography

I was born in Penticton, which is at one end of Okanogan Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Okanogan Lake is famous for what locals call the "Ogopogo." In case you're not familiar with the Ogopogo, he's a distant cousin of the Lake Ness monster. I spent a lot of time on the lake while in Penticton, but I never did see the Ogopogo, although I met a few people who claim they did. Most of them were tourists, of course.

I hadn't been back to Penticton for several years when I heard there was a school reunion a couple of years ago. I had missed all the previous ones so I was anxious to go to this one. And as it turned out, it was delightful. I got to meet all those people I hadn't seen since I was eighteen. Wow --what a change! I'm sure I would have walked right by most of them on the street, but it was an enjoyable experience.

When I graduated from high school I went to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia. A few years earlier I had walked across the campus just to see what a university student looked like.(I was sure I had never seen one.) To my surprise they looked like everyone else. I signed up for the honors physics program and three years later I had a BA in physics. I then went on for a M.Sc. in solid state physics.

My true love, though, was theoretical physics. I was hooked on Einstein's theories after reading "The Universe and Dr. Einstein" by Lincoln Barnett. It all happened more or less by accident. I had joined the local library in hopes of reading some "real cool" books. I wasn't sure what "real cool" entailed, but one of the first books I took home was Barnett's book, and I was intrigued.

Soon after I graduated I came to the U.S., and for my Ph.D. I went to Utah State University to study theoretical physics, and although I spent a lot of time studying Einstein's theories my thesis was on particle interactions.

Actually, I taught for a couple of years before getting my Ph.D.. The school was Weber State College (it's now Weber State University) in Ogden, Utah, and the two years I spent there are still etched in my mind as wonderful years. Teaching was a new experience to me, and I loved it. The students were a delight.

I thought about going back to Weber after I received my Ph.D., but I got an offer from Idaho State university in Pocatello and decided to take it. It was while I was at Idaho State that I began to write. My first project was an astronomy textbook. I was teaching a large class on astronomy, and soon decided it would be "neat" to use my own text in the class. So I wrote one. Actually, it wasn't quite that easy -- it took me over five years -- but I used it until I retired.

I was soon hooked on writing and began writing for magazines. As an avid flyfisherman, several of my first articles were on flyfishing, but I soon began to write popular science articles for "Astronomy Magazine" and "Sky and Telescope." It wasn't long before I decided to try my hand at a popular science book. I'm now on my twentieth and am still at it.

A Brief Survey of Some of My Recent Books


My latest book is on writing and selling books. The writing part is based on a course in writing that I taught at ISU for several years. It is titled "Your Book," and I have described it in some detail on my home page. Not long ago I also finished a book on health and fitness titled "Feel Great Feel Alive." In many ways it grew out of a course in biophysics that I taught for many years, and also from my research on DNA and RNA.
Another book I finished recently was one for the Smithsonian titled "Science 101:Physics." It is physics for the layman, so it's easy to read and has about 250 color pictures in it. Aside from my textbook "Concepts of the Cosmos," my first popular book was "Einstein's Dream." Einstein has always intrigued me; I guess it's because much of my research while at ISU was related to his theories. for most people -- myself included -- his life gives us some consolation. As is well-known, he flunked the entrance exams at university, ranked fouth of of five in his class, and couldn't find a full-time job for two years after he graduated. Yet he went on to become the most famous scientist that ever lived. Needless to say, this gives the rest of us hope. (After the first one I eventually wrote three more books on Einstein.)
I also recently wrote a book on cars titled "Isaac Newton's School of Driving." It was a new experience for me, but I loved writing it. I'm all thumbs when it comes to taking a car apart, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying them. It's amazing how much physics is involved in cars, and I tried to cover most of it in this book.
My second book for Johns Hopkins Press was about the science in the James Bond movies,and if you're a Bond fan you know there's a lot of science in all of them. It's a book you won't want to miss if you're a fan. Finally I've also written a couple of children's books; my latest is titled "Baby's in the Doghouse." It's a wonderful book for small children, ages 3 to 9.

Popular Science and Health

Inspirational
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
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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