Science and Ultimate Reality
“Science and Ultimate Reality” was a multifaceted program established by a philanthropic organization to honor the work of John A. Wheeler. The funding organization’s goal for this program was to acknowledge Wheeler’s many contributions to quantum mechanics, cosmology, and information science and to support advanced research in areas close to his most passionate interests, including questions such as “Why the quantum?,” “It from bit?,” and “How come existence?”
Ellipsis helped organize and manage a three-day academic symposium and developed the resulting book. The symposium was developed to be a forum in which to encourage and stimulate open-ended, innovative creativity and scientific risk-taking in exploring new directions for approaching answers to some of the most profound questions of physics. The edited volume provides a fascinating exploration of the future of physics, from fundamental concepts to the frontiers of research.
Ellipsis helped organize and manage the content of the “Science and Ultimate Reality” symposium honoring the 90th birthday year of John A. Wheeler. Following the conference, Ellipsis managed the editorial development of the resulting book, Science and Ultimate Reality: Quantum Theory, Cosmology, and Complexity, which was published by Cambridge University Press (UK) in 2004.
Symposium Planning and Management
Book Development and Editing
- Assisted the volume editors in the development of the resulting 31-author book, providing book-development, editorial, and administrative guidance and support.
- Assisted in creating the book proposal, helped secure a publisher, and served as the primary liaison between the publisher, volume editors, and authors.
- Developed author guidelines, managed the flow of chapter drafts, secured permissions, compiled the front matter, and prepared the content for submission to the publisher.
- Coordinated the production process on behalf of the volume editors and authors, addressing copyediting queries, reviewing page proofs, and managing the flow of author corrections.
Ellipsis was honored to work with the following individuals on this project:
- John D. Barrow, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Millennium Mathematics Project, University of Cambridge, and Department of Astronomy, Gresham College, London — Volume editor and chapter author
- Paul C. W. Davies, Formerly of Macquarie University, New South Wales; Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, Arizona State University — Volume editor and chapter author
- Charles L. Harper, Jr., Vision-Five.com Consulting (formerly of the John Templeton Foundation) — Program developer and volume editor
- John A. Wheeler, Department of Physics, Princeton — Honoree and foreword author
- Freeman J. Dyson, School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton — Preface and chapter author
- More than 30 additional top researchers—specializing in areas such as quantum theory, cosmology and theoretical physics—who participated in the symposium, authored chapters for the resulting book, or both: Andreas Albrecht, University of California, Davis; Raymond Y. Chiao, Formerly of University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Merced; Philip D. Clayton, Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University; David Deutsch, University of Oxford; Bryce S. DeWitt, University of Texas, Austin; Artur Ekert, University of Oxford; George F.R. Ellis, University of Cape Town;Berthold-Georg Englert, National University of Singapore; Marcelo Gleiser, Dartmouth College; Lucien Hardy, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo, Ontario; Serge Haroche, College of France; Stuart A. Kauffman, Santa Fe Institute; Paul G. Kwiat, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; Robert Laughlin, Stanford University; Andrei Linde, Stanford University;Hideo Mabuchi, California Institute of Technology; Joao Magueijo, Imperial College, London; Juan M. Maldacena, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; Fotini G. Markopoulou Kalamara, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo, Ontario; Charles Misner, University of Maryland; Christopher R. Monroe, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Juan Pablo Paz, University of Buenos Aires; Jaroslav Pelikan, Yale University; William D. Phillips, Joint Quantum Institute and University of Maryland; Lisa Randall, Harvard University; Lee Smolin, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo, Ontario; Aephraim M. Steinberg, University of Toronto; Max Tegmark, formerly of University of Pennsylvania; Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Foundational Questions Institute; Charles H. Townes, University of California, Berkeley; H. Dieter Zeh, University of Heidelberg; Anton Zeilinger, University of Vienna; Shou-Cheng Zhang, Stanford University; Wojciech H. Zurek, Los Alamos National Laboratory