Leonard Shlain is the chairman of laparoscopic surgery at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and is an associate professor of surgery at UCSF. He is also the author of two critically acclaimed, award-winning books. Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light is presently used as a textbook in many art schools and universities. It has also been translated into foreign languages.
His recent work, The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, met with critical acclaim. After being on the national bestseller list, this book was distributed internationally. The Washington Post called it, "Bold and fascinating," The London Observer said, "Provocative and innovative," and The New York Times Idea Section discussed his provocative theory. He has been interviewed by both PBS and NPR.
Shlain lectures widely both in the U.S. and in Europe. He has been a keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the Smithsonian, Harvard University, the Salk Institute, the Phillips Collection, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA and the European Council of International Schools. In 1999, he was a contributor to the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Creativity.