Margaret Wertheim is the writer and host of the PBS TV programme 'Faith and
Reason.' She is an internationally noted science writer and commentator,
originally hailing from Australia and now living in Los Angeles. She has written
extensively about science and society for magazines, television, and radio. She
is the author of two books: Pythagoras' Trousers, a history of the relationship
between physics, religion, and women, [W.W.Norton]; and The Pearly Gates of
Cyberspace, a cultural history of space from Dante to the Internet, [W.W.
Norton, Feb. 1999].
Margaret has two science degrees: a Bachelor of Science majoring in pure and
applied physics, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in pure mathematics and
computing. For fifteen years she has worked as a science writer, first in her
native Australia and now in the USA. Her articles have appeared in many
magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Sciences, New
Scientist, Omni, Science Digest, The Australian Review of Books, 21C: Magazine
of Science, Technology and Culture, The Daily Telegraph (London), Die Zeit
(Germany), Australian Geographic, Vogue, Elle, and Glamour.
Margaret has written ten television documentaries, including the award
winning series Catalyst which she conceived and co-directed. Catalyst is a
six-part series about science and technology aimed at teenagers. Margaret has
also written and directed three interactive video programs, including the
Canadian public health program What About AIDS; and she has produced several
short films. Margaret has appeared frequently on television and radio in the
USA, Australia, and Europe talking about science in a social context. She is a
regular guest on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations weekly TV current
affairs program Sunday Morning Live, and has been a contributing reporter on the
PBS program Religion and Ethics News Weekly.
Margaret lectures regularly about science and society, and about science and
religion, at universities and colleges across America - and also abroad. In 1998
she was the Australian Broadcasting Corporations official spokeswoman for
Science Week. She has recently been on a lecture tour of South Africa, speaking
about the interaction between physics and religion both historically and today.
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