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ABOUT A NEW SCIENCE OF HEAVENHistories of science in the 20th century have focused on relativity and quantum mechanics. But, quietly in the background, there has been a third area of exploration which has equally important implications for our understanding of the universe. It is unknown to the general public despite the fact that many Nobel prize winners, senior academics and major research centers around the world have been devoted to it – it is the study of plasma

Plasma is the fourth state of matter and is not made of atoms as physical matter is. A New Science of Heaven reveals how over 99% of the universe is made of plasma, and how there are two gigantic clouds of plasma, called the Kordylewski Clouds, hovering between the Earth and the Moon, only recently discovered by astronomers in Hungary. Other revelations not previously known outside narrow academic disciplines include the evidence that, in certain circumstances, plasma exhibits features that suggest they may be in some sense alive: clouds of plasma have evolved double helixes, banks of cells and crystals, filaments and junctions which could control the flow of electric currents, thus generating an intelligence similar to machine intelligence. We may, in fact, have been looking for signs of extra-terrestrial life in the wrong place.

Bestselling author Robert Temple has been following the study of plasma for decades and was personally acquainted with several of the senior scientists – including Nobel laureates – at its forefront, including Paul Dirac, David Bohm, Peter Mitchell and Chandra Wickramasinghe (who has co-written an academic paper with Temple).

PROFESSOR ROBERT TEMPLE is author of a dozen challenging and provocative books, including his newest publication, A New Science of Heaven, which tells the story of the science of plasma and its revolutionary implications for the way we understand the universe and our place in it. Temple is also author of the international bestseller, The Sirius Mystery, and his books have been translated into 44 foreign languages. Combining solid academic scholarship with an ability to communicate with the mass public, Temple spent many years as a science writer for the Sunday Times and the Guardian, and as a science reporter for Time-Life, as well as a frequent reviewer for Nature and profile writer for The New Scientist. He has produced, written and presented a documentary for Channel Four and National Geographic Channels on his archaeological discoveries in Greece and Italy, and was at one time an arts reviewer on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ program. Temple is Visiting Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and has been a member of the Egypt Exploration Society since the 1970s, as well as a member of numerous other academic societies. In 1993, his translation of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London.