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. The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image met with critical acclaim.
Shlain’s third book, Sex, Time & Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution, will be published in August of 2003. It will be an exploration of why the human reproductive life history, particularly the female’s, has veered so far away from all other mammals. Synchronized menses, cryptic ovulation, extraordinary orgasms, early menopause and entrainment with the moon are some of the issues dealt with in Sex, Time & Power. Shlain will attempt to reconstruct how men learned to both love and kill, why they became such invested fathers and while exploring the roots of religions, funerals and marriage.
Shlain lectures widely both in the U.S. and Europe. He has been a keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the Smithsonian, Harvard University, Salk Institute, Phillips Collection, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA and the European Council of International Schools. In 1999, he was a contributor to Academic Press’ Encyclopedia of Creativity.