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 the University of California at San Francisco. He is also the author of three critically acclaimed, national bestselling, award-winning books. His first book, Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light, was published in 1991. The Los Angeles Times called it “a tour de force” and The New York Times Book Review was equally enthusiastic.
His second book, The Alphabet Versus The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, achieved national bestseller status. The Washington Post called it “bold and fascinating.” George Steiner with the London Observer wrote that it was “provocative and innovative.” His latest book, Sex, Time and Power: How Women’s Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution, was also a national bestseller.
Shlain lectures widely in the U.S. and Europe. He has been a keynote speaker for such diverse groups as the Smithsonian, Harvard University, the Florence Academy of Art, the Salk Institute, the Phillips Collection, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the NASA Johnson Space Center, and the European Union’s Ministers of Culture.
Shlain has won many literary awards for his visionary work and also holds several patents on innovative surgical devices. He is presently working on a book entitled Leonardo’s Brain: The Right/Left Roots of Creativity.