Articles & Essays

Sidney Perkowitz has written over 100 articles, essays, blog posts and book chapters on science for popular audiences, including children. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Washington Post, Physics World, and other major media outlets.

Those outlets include The Miami Herald, The Guardian, San Jose Mercury, Houston Chronicle,  Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Sciences, Technology Review, Literal, The Bridge, The Scientist, New Scientist, J. Tech. Writing Commun., Times (London), Odyssey, and more. His work has also appeared in national magazines and journals, including Denver Quarterly, The American Prospect, Art Papers, and Leonardo, and in books such as The Metaphorical Circuit.

His topics include popular science, the humor and culture of science, science on stage and screen, science and art, science and mythology, the literature of technology, and contemporary artists who use scientific ideas.

For full publication details, see his curriculum vita (.pdf).

Recent Articles

  • “Paint, Revolution, and Fluid Dynamics: David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jackson Pollock,” ComoVes? (in press, 2013).
  • “Physics Where it Hurts,” Physics World, April 2013, 25 – 28
  • “Inspirational Realism: Chesley Bonestell and Astronomical Art,” in Engaging the Heavens, ASP Conf. Series, 468,  M. Bolt and S. Case, eds. (Orem, UT: Astron. Soc. of the Pacific, 2012), p. 57-62.
  • Viajar a las Estrellas (Travel to the Stars),” Quo, Autumn 2012, 54 – 63.
  • “Now We’re Cooking,” Physics World, June 2012, 35 – 38.
  • Ad Astra! To the Stars!,” Physics World,  January 2012, 28 – 32.
  • Tricks of the Light,” New Scientist, December 11, 2011
  • “Mapping the Language of Science,” Physics World, Oct. 2011, 2.
  • “Resistance is Unnecessary: Accepting the Cyborg in our Midst,” Literal Magazine 19, 26 – 27, Winter 2009 – 2010.
  • “Castles in the Air,” Physics World, January 2009, 2 – 5.
  • “From ray-gun to Blu-Ray,” Physics World, April 30, 2010
  • “Communicating Real Science Through Hollywood Science” (with Eddy von Mueller), Taking Science to the People, C. Johnson, ed. (Lincoln: U. Nebraska Press, 2010), 81 – 88.
  • “The Six Elements: Visions of a Complex Universe,” Leonardo 43, 208 – 211, April 2010. (.pdf download)

Sidney also reviews books for Physics Today, Science, and Physics in Perspective.

Recent Reviews

“Theresa Levitt, The Shadow of Enlightenment,Physics In Perspective 12, 234 – 236, 2010.

Encyclopedia entries

  • “Analogy,” “Quantum Physics,” “Richard Feynman,” “Schrödinger’s Cat,” and more. Literature and Science: An Encyclopedic Companion, Pamela Gossin, editor (Westport, CT.: Greenwood Press, 2002).
  • Relativity,” “Bose-Einstein condensate,” “photoconductivity,” and more.  Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 2006, 2009.


  • National Academy of Science’s Science and Entertainment Exchange (Recently: “Updating Those Classic Science Fiction Films,” “Science Fiction Covers the Universe and Also Our Own Little Globe,”  “Aliens: Love Them, Hate Them, or Relate to Them?,”  “Will a Science Fiction Film Ever Win an Oscar?,”  “Food for (Future) Thought or Star Trek: the Menu,” “Fantasy into science, or realizing the impossible: Invisibility,” “Fantasy into science, or realizing the impossible: interstellar travel.” )
  • Discover Magazine/Science Not Fiction (Recently: building materials of the future, science in science fiction)

Selected Earlier Works