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    I am an astronomer, cosmologist, and data scientist. I am currently a NSF funded Assistant Research Scientist at the UC San Diego Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences (CASS profile) and a Research Affiliate in the MIT Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS). I work on several theoretical and observational cosmology projects to devise and implement fun experiments that leverage cosmology to help test fundamental physics. These include a series of experiments with colleagues to test quantum theory with astronomical observations as well as Infrared and Optical observations of Type Ia Supernovae with ground and space based telescopes, which can be used to measure the expansion history of the universe, cosmic acceleration, and dark energy. Before UCSD, I was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, a NSF Funded Research Associate at MIT, and a Visiting Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. I completed my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the Harvard University Department of Astronomy and I received my BA in Physics & Astrophysics from UC Berkeley. I am very interested in projects at the intersection between observational astronomy, astrophysics, data analysis, and the philosophy of science, especially the philosophy of cosmology. I am excited to explore a range of fascinating scientific questions through research, science writing, art, animation, public outreach, and working with the science media. For more, see my Bio, Resume, and CV.
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Alan Guth
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IQOQI, Vienna

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Popular Science Writing
by Andrew Friedman, Astronomy Magazine, Vol. 43, Issue 5, May 2015, pg. 44-45 [PDF]
by Andrew Friedman, Astronomy Magazine, Vol. 42, Issue 10, October 2014, pg. 28-33 [PDF or PDF] (Also see: “Web Extra: Another Cosmic Thought Experiment”)
“Wormholes & Time Travel” by Andrew Friedman,Science Consultant for Wilfred, FX television series, starring Elijah Wood [PDF] (see the full story here)
“Using GRBs For Cosmology” by Andrew Friedman,Sky & Telescope, Vol. 112, No. 8, p35, 2006 [PDF] (with Robert Naeye article below)
“The Fabric of Reality” by Andrew Friedman,Berkeley Scientific Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1, Spring 2001, p 28-30 [PDF]

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 narration text and content for videos he created, including...
I was a Science Consultant for NOVA, The Nature of Reality, the physics blog of the PBS television station, WGBH Boston for Greg Kestin's video “4 Multiverses You Might Be Living In”, which discusses the controversial, but seriously discussed, idea of multiple universes in modern cosmology. Charles Q. Choi also wrote an excellent article about the multiverse accompanying the video.
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.
Public Talks
Astronomy Podcast - Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs): A discussion with Robert Naeye & Andrew Friedman Harvard-Smithsonian Center For Astrophysics Science Media Group, Interview with Robert Naeye, Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine, (May 10 2006)
During the January 2005 American Astronomical Society conference in San Diego, I was interviewed by a local radio DJ, Onto the Ontologist on his program, "Temporary Autonomous Zones: Dialogue with an Astrophysicist", at http://radioactiveradio.org/. We discuss The Big Bang, the nature of time, parallel universes, astrology, aliens, and the militarization of space [Listen to the mp3]

More Outreach
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.
University of California, San Diego UCSD Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT Center for Theoretical Physics Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, Vienna Harvard University Astronomy Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics UC Berkeley Astronomy National Science Foundation National Aernautics & Space Administration
Last Updated: Andrew Samuel Friedman, 2/2017

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF Award #1056580 (2012-2014) through an NSF Science, Technology, and Society Postdoctoral Fellowship at MIT and the NSF INSPIRE program via NSF Award #1541160 (2015-2018).

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