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Gerald Feinberg (27 May 1933, New York City
New York City
– 21 April 1992, New York City) was a Columbia University
Columbia University
physicist, futurist and populist author. He spent a year as a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and two years at the Brookhaven Laboratories.[1]

Contents

1 Research

1.1 Parapsychology

2 Publications 3 References 4 External links

Research[edit] He coined the term tachyon for hypothetical faster-than-light particles and analysed their quantum field properties,[2] predicted the existence of the muon neutrino[3] and advocated cryonics as a public service.[4] He was a member of the Foresight Institute's advisory panel.[5] Parapsychology[edit] Feinberg wrote a foreword to Edgar Mitchell's book Psychic Explorations (1974) in which he endorsed psychic phenomena. His concept of a tachyon, a theoretical particle that travels faster than the speed of light has been advocated by some parapsychologists who claim that it could explain precognition or psychokinesis. However, there is no scientific evidence tachyon particles exist and such paranormal claims have been described as pseudoscientific.[6][7] Publications[edit] Books

Cosmological Constants (with co-editor Jeremy Bernstein, 1986). ISBN 978-0-231-06376-0 Solid Clues: Quantum Physics, Molecular Biology, and the Future of Science, Simon & Schuster, 1985. ISBN 0-434-26200-5 Life Beyond Earth: The Intelligent Earthling's Guide to Extraterrestrial Life (with Robert Shapiro), Morrow, 1980. ISBN 0-688-08642-X What is the world made of? : Atoms, leptons, quarks, and other tantalizing particles, Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1977. ISBN 0-385-07694-0 & ISBN 0-385-07693-2 Consequences of Growth: The Prospects for a Limitless Future, Seabury Press, New York, 1977. ISBN 0-8164-9326-X Review The Prometheus Project, Mankind's Search for Long-Range Goals, Anchor Books, 1969. ISBN 0-385-03613-2

Papers

G. Feinberg, Shaughan Lavine, D.Z. Albert (1992). "Knowledge of the Past and Future". Journal of Philosophy. 89: 607–642. doi:10.2307/2940898. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) G. Feinberg; D.Z. Albert; S. Lavine (1989). "Two types of prediction in Newtonian and quantum mechanics". Physics Letters A. 138: 454–458. Bibcode:1989PhLA..138..454F. doi:10.1016/0375-9601(89)90743-3.  G. Feinberg (1967). "Possibility of Faster-Than-Light Particles". Physical Review. 159: 1089–1105. Bibcode:1967PhRv..159.1089F. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.159.1089.  G. Feinberg (1966). "Physics and Life Prolongation". Physics Today. 19 (11): 45. Bibcode:1966PhT....19k..45F. doi:10.1063/1.3047814.  G. Feinberg (1966). "Physics and the Thales Problem". Journal of Philosophy. 63 (1): 5–16. doi:10.2307/2024523. 

References[edit]

^ "Gerald Feinberg, 58, Physicist; Taught at Columbia University". Retrieved 2015-03-28. ^ G. Feinberg (1967). "Possibility of Faster-Than-Light Particles". Physical Review. 159: 1089–1105. Bibcode:1967PhRv..159.1089F. doi:10.1103/PhysRev.159.1089.  ^ M. Schwartz (1992). Nobel Lectures. World Scientific. p. 469.  ^ G. Feinberg (1966). "Physics and Life Prolongation". Physics Today. 19 (11): 45. Bibcode:1966PhT....19k..45F. doi:10.1063/1.3047814.  ^ D. Shafer (1990). "Feinberg Anxious for Policy Discussions". Foresight Update. 9: 1.  ^ Rothman, Milton (September 1994). "Tachyons and Other Nonentities". Skeptical Inquirer. Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. 4.3. Retrieved 2014-03-16.  ^ Carroll, Robert Todd. (2003). The Skeptic's Dictionary: A Collection of Strange Beliefs, Amusing Deceptions, and Dangerous Delusions. Wiley. pp. 370-371. ISBN 0-471-27242-6

External links[edit]

NY Times Obituary

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 79088239 LCCN: n50001317 ISNI: 0000 0000 8158 8811 GND: 128149531 SUDOC: 09562872X BNF: cb12298727j (data) NDL: 00439

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