John D. Barrow FRS was a Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, a programme to improve the teaching, learning and appreciation of mathematics and it applications. He was also the Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His research interests were in cosmology, gravitation physics and the interface between particle physics and astronomy.

He has received many awards, including the 2006 Templeton Prize, the Royal Society’s 2008 Faraday Prize and the 2009 Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics. He has written more than 450 scientific papers, and 20 books, translated into 28 languages, together with many popular science articles. The most recent of these are Cosmic Imagery and 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know and the next title, The Book of Universes, will appear in early 2011. His play, Infinities, won the Italian Premi Ubu for best play in the Italian theatre in 2002, and the 2003 Italgas Prize.

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