DR. ANDREW S. FRIEDMAN
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Papers
The Astrophysical Journal Supplement submitted (arXiv:1408.0465)
Physical Review Letters, Vol. 112, Issue 11, id. 110405, March 18 2014 (arXiv:1310.3288) (DOI)
Physical Review D, Vol. 88, Issue 4, id. 044038, August 21 2013 (arXiv:1305.3943) (DOI)
Art, Science, and Philosophy
During the January 2014 MIT Independent Activities Period, the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research sponsored a fantastic MIT Art of Astrophysics Competition and exhibit, organized by MIT postdocs Zachary Berta-Thompson and Bryce Croll. Although My Entry and accompanying text (part 1, part 2), Heart of a Star, Revealed, was not among the Prize Winners, all the submissions were fantastic, and I was very happy that Megan Watzke and Kim Arcand of the Chandra X-Ray Center, authors of Your Ticket to the Universe, picked my entry as their unofficial favorite on the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Blog (see the end of their post). Also see here (and here).
I was selected to participate in the UC Santa Cruz Institute for the Philosophy of Cosmology, a 3-week summer workshop sponsored by the Rutgers Templeton Project in the Philosophy of Cosmology. Lecture videos are online under the “Program” link (Jun 23-July 14, 2013)
I was invited to display an art exhibit at the Cafe Gato Rojo, the graduate student cafe inside Dudley House at Harvard University. The opening reception event was held on September 19, 2008 and the exhibit was up for the Fall 2008 semester. As someone who has always been fascinated with geometric art, optical illusions, and the labrynthine sketches of M.C. Escher, I have been fortunate to find myself studying a subject where geometry is king. While geometry governs the motion of everything from baseballs to galaxies, it also determines the expansion history of the universe. And if our current best theories of nature are correct, geometry forms the basis for the fundamental structure of matter, space, and time itself. If mathematical and physical existence are as deeply intertwined as such a picture suggests, the we, beings of matter, are at heart composed of pure shape, folded nothing that has somehow contrived to ponder the nature of its existence, occasionally by drawing it.
Outreach and Media Coverage
by Andrew Friedman, Astronomy Magazine, Vol. 42, Issue 10, October 2014, pg. 28-33 (Also see: “Web Extra: Another Cosmic Thought Experiment”)
Science Consultant
I served as a Science Consultant for NOVA, The Nature of Reality, the physics blog of the PBS television station, WGBH Boston. I worked with NOVA's Greg Kestin, consulting on the text for the narration of the video he created, “What is Gravity Made Of?”, which discusses the discovery of gravity waves from the early universe inflationary epoch by the BICEP2 experiment in Antarctica.
I served as a Science Consultant for the FX television series "Wilfred", starring Elijah Wood. In Wilfred Season 3, Episode 10, "Distance" (Aug 15, 2013), Elijah's character, Ryan, needed to investigate wormholes and time machines for some reason. I was asked to write some text for and mock up this hypothetical website about wormholes. They used parts of my text, made their own images, and here is a photographed screenshot of what actually aired. For more details, see here.
American Astronomical Society, 224th Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, (June 4 2014)
Andrew Friedman PhD Thesis Talk
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(Harvard/CfA Optical and Infrared Seminar) Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Feb 22, 2012)
2nd Annual MIT Postdocs Share Their Science Poster Session, Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (May 12, 2014)
Invited Talk, UCSD Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (Jan 2, 2013)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Harvard University Astronomy Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory UC Berkeley Astronomy NSF Graduate Research Fellowship NASA Graduate Student Research Program Peters Automated Infrared Imaging Telescope (PAIRITEL) NASA Swift Satellite
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 8/2014

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant # 1056580 through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT.

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