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Mathematician -- PhD 1992
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Astronomy is my hobby. Kind of an obsession at times! Not so much about where to point my telescope, but more learning about exotic places.
I started out in Topology and Analysis at Texas Tech, then went to Wisconsin and switched to Applied Math. Started working on a PhD thesis in General Relativity, then changed to Dynamical Systems, and ended up with a PhD in Differentiability Theory. Studied a lot of Classical Physics.
I also worked as a radar engineer in the missile defense industry for 10 years. This gave me an appreciation of the "real world."
Other hobbies: genealogy, coin collecting, science fiction, philosophy, hiking.
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
I read this book over a year ago, but the author's insight is so shocking that I'm still thinking about it. For example, he briefly described different problems people have when they walk in an enclosed space depending on the strength of gravity of the planet they grew up on. That's a small detail, but fascinating, and I'll bet he got it right.
He also examined in detail the effects of increasing populations as they expand into other worlds and satellite constructs, and how, for example, if a world remains isolated too long, other worlds will hesitate to take their immigrants for fear of what diseases may have developed. And what happens when satellite worlds get old and degrade. And the effects of population on education--that every book every written before some date (approximately now) will have had at least one doctoral thesis written about it.
I read two of Clive Cussler's novels and I don't intend to ever read another, because he's frustratingly sloppy with technical details. But William Haloupek is extremely careful and thoughtful with details. I sure wish he'd write some more novels like this one.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Karen De Groote-Johnson
on Aug. 06, 2012 :
I absolutely loved this book and wished there was a sequel when I finished it. Easy but technical science abounds and enough twists and turns in the story made it highly interesting from beginning to end. Despite the great use of science, you never get lost and the character development was good, not as deep as I normally read, but for this story it was spot on. Two thumbs up!
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Marc antony Cutler
on Feb. 29, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's entertaining throughout, extremely well written with layered characters. I've read many books by published authors which are poor to say the least and I wonder how many writers of William Haloupek's quality we are routinely robbed of without the likes of Smashwords. If you fancy a nice piece of escapism to take you away from the mundane, spend some time on this. You won't be disappointed.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)
on Jan. 01, 2012 :
I really enjoyed reading Far-Called. The book was hard to put down.
This is a fascinating story about a couple of exceptional people who live in the 35'th centurty AD and their adventures.
The book is engineer-friendly, which is to say that everything presented is scientifically plausible. Also, the "adult content" is pretty soft, this isn't porn.
Hey, read the free chapter.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)