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 was published in 1991 and 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, was published by Viking in hardcover in 1998 and met with critical acclaim. After being on the national bestseller list, Penguin distributed his book internationally in 1999, and it is now available in paperback. The Washington Post called it "Bold and fascinating," the London Observer "Provocative and Innovative." The New York Times Idea Section discussed his provocative theory. David Gergen interviewed Dr. Shlain for PBS and Frank Stasio did the same for NPR.
Dr. 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, 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 edited by Steven Runco and Mark Pritzker.