Paul Heiney, Professor Emeritus of Physics, has published his new book, “Binary Stars, Liquid Crystals, and Neutrinos: The First 250 Years of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania”

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce that my book, “Binary Stars, Liquid Crystals, and Neutrinos:  The First 250 Years of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania” has been published and is now available at the link below (as well as and in both paperback (expensive) and e-book (cheap) forms.

I want to thank everyone in the department and beyond who helped me so much with this project.


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