## Biography

Charles Seife, a professor of journalism at and director of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has been writing about physics and mathematics for three decades. He is the author of seven books, *Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea* (2000), which won the 2000 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction; *Alpha & Omega: The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe* (2003); *Decoding the Universe: How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything in the Cosmos, From Our Brains to Black Holes* (2005); * Sun in a Bottle: The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking* (2008), which won the 2009 Davis Prize from the History of Science Society; *Proofiness: The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception* (2010); *Virtual Unreality: Just Because the Internet Told You So, How Do You Know It's True?* (2014); and *Hawking Hawking: The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity*, a biography of physicist Stephen Hawking (2021).

Before arriving at NYU, Seife was a writer for *Science* magazine and had been a U.S. correspondent for *New Scientist*. His writing has also appeared in *The Economist*, *Scientific American*, *ProPublica*, *The Philadelphia Inquirer*, *Discover*, *Slate*, *Smithsonian*, *The Washington Post*, *The New York Times*, and numerous other publications. He has also been a scientific consultant and writer for television documentaries about science and mathematics.

Seife holds an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton University, an M.S. in mathematics from Yale University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He lives in New York with his wife, Meridith, and his children, Finn and Daniel.

## Books

**Hawking Hawking:** The Selling of a Scientific Celebrity

**Virtual Unreality:** Just Because the Internet Told You So, How Do You Know It's True?

**Proofiness:** The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception

**Sun In A Bottle:** The Strange History of Fusion and the Science of Wishful Thinking

**Decoding the Universe:** How the New Science of Information is Explaining Everything In The Cosmos"

**Alpha and Omega:** The Search for the Beginning and End of the Universe