Adam Frank

Blogger, 13.7: Cosmos & Culture

Adam Frank is a contributor to the NPR blog 13.7: Cosmos & Culture. A professor at the University of Rochester, Frank is a theoretical/computational astrophysicist and currently heads a research group developing supercomputer code to study the formation and death of stars. Frank's research has also explored the evolution of newly born planets and the structure of clouds in the interstellar medium. Recently, he has begun work in the fields of astrobiology and network theory/data science. Frank also holds a joint appointment at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a Department of Energy fusion lab.

Frank is the author of two books: The Constant Fire, Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate (University of California Press, 2010), which was one of SEED magazine's "Best Picks of The Year," and About Time, Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang (Free Press, 2011). He has contributed to The New York Times and magazines such as Discover, Scientific American and Tricycle.

Frank's work has also appeared in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009. In 1999 he was awarded an American Astronomical Society prize for his science writing.

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Saturn's rings cut across this view of the planet's largest moon, Titan, in this image taken by the Cassini spacecraft on May 12, 2011. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute hide caption

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At a March 3 Republican presidential primary debate, candidates (from left) Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich appear on stage at Fox Theatre in Detroit. Rubio later dropped out of the race. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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