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**Frank J. Tipler** is Professor of Mathematical Physics at
Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the co-author of the
acclaimed book *The Anthropic Cosmological Principle*, about
the relationship between cosmology and intelligent life. He does
research in two areas of physics: global general relativity, and
the physics of computation. Global general relativity deals with
the structure of the cosmos on the largest scales, and
computation physics is concerned with the limits on computers
imposed by the laws of physics. Tipler's conclusion that there
are no ultimate limits to computation (or to the biosphere) is
discussed in his recent book *The Physics of Immortality*,
which was on the German best seller list for 15 weeks. Selected
by the New York Times as one of the Notable Books of 1994,
*The Physics of Immortality* has been translated into four
languages in addition to English, and more than 200,000 copies
are in print world wide.

Tipler was the post-doctoral student of four scholars: Abraham Taub, Ranier Sachs, Dennis Sciama, and John Wheeler. Taub was the post-doc of John von Neumann, who made the first American digital computer. Sachs was the Ph.D. student of P.G. Bergmann, who was the post-doc of Albert Einstein. Sciama's Ph.D. students include Stephen Hawking, and also Sir Martin Rees, the current Astronomer Royal of England. Wheeler, the man who named the "black hole", was the post-doc of Niels Bohr (Nobel Prize for the Bohr model of the atom), who was the post-doc of Ernest Rutherford (Nobel Prize for discovering the atomic nucleus), who was the student of J.J. Thompson (Nobel Prize for discovering the electron), who was the student of Lord Rayleigh (Nobel Prize for discovering Argon), who was the student of James Clerk Maxwell (Maxwell's equations). Wheeler's other students include Richard Feynman (Nobel Prize for quantum electrodynamics).

Tipler's web site, selected by USA Today as a Hot Web Site for the week of May 11, 1998, is:

http://www.math.tulane.edu/faculty_html/tipler.html

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Frank J. Tipler |
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Professor of Mathematical Physics | |

Tulane University | |

New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 | |

USA | |

E-mail: |
tipler@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu |

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http://www.math.tulane.edu/faculty_html/tipler.html |

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