Mark Alpert

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A self-described lifelong "science geek," Mark Alpert majored in astrophysics at Princeton University, writing his undergraduate thesis on an application of Einstein's theory of relativity. After earning an MFA in poetry at Columbia and working as a reporter, he became an editor at Scientific American, where he simplifies bewildering scientific ideas for the magazine's readers. Mark lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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Final Theory
The Omega Theory


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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe." -- Albert Einstein

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Polenta

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Skiing

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Songwriting

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Major-league pitcher

Author Voices

November 17, 2008

One of my favorite places is the Sleeping Bear Dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan, about 25 miles west of Traverse City. It’s a vast mound of sand that Ice Age glaciers deposited on the lakeshore about 10,000 years ago. The westerly winds have been buffeting the mound ever since, sculpting the sand into mountainous dunes. There’s a parking lot at the foot of the easternmost dune; when you step out of your car you’ll see a long wall of sand, 130 feet high. Climbing the dune is harder than it looks because the sand is so powdery. With every stride you take up the slope, you slip down several inches. Even if you’re in great shape,... see more

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