MARGARET WERTHEIM is a science writer and commentator who has written extensively for magazines, television and radio. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Sciences, New Scientist, Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, LA Weekly and Salon. She is the senior science reviewer for The Australian's Review of Books and writes a monthly column on science and society for The Agenewspaper in Melbourne. Wertheim is the author of Pythagoras‚ Trousers and The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace: A History of Space from Dante to the Internet. She was the writer and host of "Faith and Reason", a 1998 PBS documentary special about science and religion. She is a Research Associate to the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities.
Wertheim lectures widely about science and society at universities and colleges across America. In 1998 she was the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's official spokeswoman for Science Week. She has been a guest on the PBS programs "Think Tank" and "Between the Lines," on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's "Sunday Morning Live", on ZD-TV's "Silicon Spin," and on ABC Australia's "Two Shot" and "Nightline."