Sidney Perkowitz spent much of his career as a physics researcher in industry and at Emory University, after earning his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. But writing was a second love, and after publishing his 100th research paper, he left the lab to become a science writer while remaining a physics professor at Emory.
He writes for science groupies who love science without the details. His books include Empire of Light, about the science and art of light; Universal Foam, about foam in the universe, from quantum to galactic scale, and its role in what we eat and drink; Digital People, about robots and bionic people; Hollywood Science, about science in film; and Slow Light, about the new science of light including invisibility and teleportation. These books have been translated into six languages and Braille. He is writing a new book, Science and the Future of Food, about how science and technology fundamentally connect to food and cooking, from the pleasures of molecular gastronomy to radical solutions for global food issues. He also writes for various periodicals, gives lectures, makes media appearances, and blogs for the National Academy of Sciences.
Perkowitz has never regretted switching from research to writing, which has taken him along marvelously unexpected paths, including writing science stage plays that have been presented in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York; and meeting writers, artists, and Hollywood directors in the intriguing places where science meets high culture and pop culture.