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video piece about Physics on the Fringe has been posted on the website of ABC Australia's radio program, The Science Show. Here I am interviewed by Australia's Robyn Williams about the sociology and philosophy of outsider physics. The interview is intercut with sections from the film "It's Jim's World ... We just Live in It", which I co-produced and directed with Cameron Allan. The film, a documentary about the life and work of Physics on the Fringe hero, Jim Carter, may be purchased here:

Thanks to Cameron for his beautiful camerawork and music on the film.

Tragically, on June 25 2013 Cameron passed away. The film remains as a tribute to his talent and skill as a composer and photographer.

Cameron Allan: 1955 - 2013, composer and filmmaker.

Pangolins and Fringe Physics

-This week my article on the philosophy of physics is published in Aeon Magazine, the terrific new UK online forum for thoughftul journalism and critical thinking. The piece - titled Physics Pangolin - looks at how physicists describe the world through mathematical equations and asks if there are any limits on this way of knowing.

-A video piece about Physics on the Fringe has also been posted on the website of ABC Australia's radio program, The Science Show. Here I am interviewed by Australia's Robyn Williams about the sociology and philosophy of outsider physics. The interview is intercut with sections from the film "It's Jim's World ... We just Live in It", which I co-produced and directed with Cameron Allan. The film, a documentary about the life and work of Physics on the Fringe hero, Jim Carter, may be purchased here:

Thanks to Cameron for his beautiful camerawork and music. And thanks to Roi Huberman who produced the Science Show piece.

A chapter from Physics on the Fringe is included in the volume Best Australian Science Writing 2012, edited by Elizabeth Finkel, an accomplished science writer herself and an editor at Cosmos magazine. BASW has been reviewed widely and well, with the Physics on the Fringe chapter singled out for praise. 

See here for  Canberra Times review, Cosmos review, and a beauty (below) from the Australian Review of Books by beloved ABC science radio commentator Robyn Williams. Congratulations also to Elizabeth for the publication of her own fine book this year The Genome Generation.

                                

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Physics World has announced it's list of the Top Ten physics books for 2012. Physics on the Fringe is on the list.

Says the magazine's editors:

"Margaret Wertheim’s sociological study of physics crackpots is one of the year’s most thought-provoking books. Well argued and suffused with dry wit, this book asks important questions about what constitutes science and who gets to participate in it."

Please go online here and Vote for the Book to be No. 1. It's up against some awesome competition, including David Kaiser's How the Hippies Saved Physics, a literally fantastical account of a group of San Francisco-based physicists in the 1970's who dropped acid and reconcieved the foundations of quantum science.

Here's the lovely review of Physics on the Fringe that ran in Physics World earlier this year.

 

In late August, I'll be traveling Down Under to talk about Physics on the Fringe and the work of the IFF. The book, has just been released in Australia and the tour will include media appearances in Melbourne and Sydney. My first port of call will be the Melbourne Writers Festival then I'll be heading up to give a talk at the University of Sydney.

 
Melbourne Writers Festival Events
Fri. Aug 31 @ 10amPhysics on the Fringe.
A discussion with Wilson da Silva, editor-in-cheif, Cosmos magazine. At the ACMI in Federation Square. Melbourne.
 
Fri. Aug 31 @ 9pm: Friday Night Live.
On friday night at the MWF I'll be part of a Lettermanesque late-night talk-show hosted by comedian Libby Gore. Other guests include legendary Australian feminist Germaine Greer. At BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne.
 
Sat. Sept 1 @ 1pm: The Story of Science.
As a festival highlight, I will be participating in a wide-ranging discussion about the narrative of science. Other panels include science journalist Elizabeth Finkel and Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty (co-discoverer of the heliobactor pylori virus responsible for causing stomach ulcers, a beautiful example of how science-on-the-fringe can sometimes result in astounding success.) Event takes place at the Wheeler Center.
 
University of Sydney - Lecture
Thurs. Sept 6 @ 6-7:30pm: Not the Higgs Boson
In July the world went "Higgs mad," as New Scientist put it. In this talk for the Sydney Ideas series at the University of Sydney, I'll be discussing the discovery of the Higgs boson within the context of physics on the fringe, inside and outside the academy. The event will be hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the Science Foundation of the Physics Department, University of Sydney. Venue: Eastern Auditorium, Eastern Avenue. Click here for event map.
 
 
Australian Media Appearances:
Mon. Sept 3 @ 10:30am : ABC Radio 702
I will be a guest on the ABC morning radio show.
 
Tues. Sept 4 @ 10pm : First Tuesday Book Club.
I will be a guest on the national ABC-TV book program hosted by Jennifer Byrne.
 
Thurs. Sept 6: Talk-back radio with Dr Karl.
I'll be appearing on Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's wonderful science talk-back radio show.