About the Author
Sarah Laughed is the second collaboration between poet Judith Goldhaber and artist Gerson Goldhaber, a husband-and-wife team from Berkeley, California. Their first book, Sonnets from Aesop (Ribbonweed Press) won the Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY) as one of the ten best books published by an independent or university press in 2005. Judith Goldhaber is a poet, playwright, science writer, and journalist. Her poems have appeared in the National Poetry Review, The Garfield Lake Review, Prism, the Jewish Quarterly, Astropoetica, the Literary Review, and Byline. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience, the National Poetry Review s Annie Finch Prize, and the In the Beginning was the Word poetry contest (in two consecutive years). As a playwright, she has written the book and lyrics for two musicals based on the lives of great individuals in modern science. Her musical about Stephen Hawking, Falling Through a Hole in the Air, received a $5,000 grant from Paul Newman's "Newman's Own" Foundation. and won a prize in the Songs Judged as Poetry of the National Poetry Association. Her newest musical is about Einstein's "lost" daughter Lieserl. Gerson Goldhaber is professor of physics in the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and an artist who has worked in many media. His previous publications have been in the field of experimental particle physics and astrophysics. He is co-author of Experimental Foundations of Particle Physics (Cambridge University Press), and has written or co-authored over 250 papers reporting his research on elementary particles and cosmology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Guggenheim fellow, and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. He was named California Scientist of the Year in 1977, and is a winner of the Panofsky Prize of the American Physical Society.