Author to Discuss the ‘Science of Liberty’ at Mercer on Monday

April 15, 2011

Media Contact: Mark Vanderhoek, (478) 301-4037 or vanderhoek_m@mercer.edu

MACON – Best-selling author Timothy Ferris will speak at Mercer University on April 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Medical School Auditorium on the University’s Macon campus. He will make a presentation on his most recent book, titled The Science of Liberty, which makes the case that liberal democracies were developed out of an openness to science and the scientific method. The event is sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research in Public Policy and Capitalism at the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics.

Ferris is the author of a dozen books, among them Seeing in the Dark, The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way, which was translated into 15 languages and was named by The New York Times as among the leading books published in the 20th century. A former newspaper reporter and editor of Rolling Stone magazine, he has written more than 200 articles and essays for publications such as The New Yorker, National Geographic, Scientific American, The New Republic and The New York Times. Ferris has made three documentary films, all of which premiered in prime time on PBS—”The Creation of the Universe,” “Life Beyond Earth,” and “Seeing in the Dark.”

Ferris produced the Voyager phonograph record, an artifact of human civilization containing music, sounds of Earth and encoded photographs launched aboard the twin Voyager interstellar spacecraft now exiting the solar system. He was among the journalists selected as candidates to fly aboard the Space Shuttle in 1986.

Called “the best popular science writer in the English language” by The Christian Science Monitor and “the best science writer of his generation” by The Washington Post, Ferris has received the American Institute of Physics prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his works have been nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ferris has taught in five disciplines – astronomy, English, history, journalism, and philosophy – at four universities. He is currently an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley.

About the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics at Mercer
Established in 1984, the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics offers bachelor’s, MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA and Master of Accountancy degrees. The School holds accreditation from the prestigious AACSB International — The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, considered the hallmark of excellence among the nation’s top business schools and placing it among the top 25 percent of all business schools in the world. For 2010, the Princeton Review recognized the School as No. 3 for “Greatest Opportunity for Women” and one of its “Best 301 Business Schools.”

About Mercer University
Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,200 students in 11 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing and continuing and professional studies – on major campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah and at four regional academic centers across the state. Mercer is affiliated with two teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. The University operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit www.mercer.edu.
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