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Bill Lauritzen is an author, educator, speaker, scientist, visionary, performance artist, actor, director, entrepreneur, and athlete. Because of his wide-ranging interests he has been called a modern-day renaissance man. Sir Arthur C. Clarke, inventor of the communications satellite called Bill “some kind of genius.” Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize winner, invited Bill to present his ideas at the first international conference on the buckminsterfullerene molecule. Among his other accomplishments, Bill invented a new number system, designed a modern-day Stonehenge, called SpaceHenge, and wrote a paper explaining the value of geodesic domes. He also wrote a book about the invention of religion and mythology called, The Invention of God.

He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. One of his advisors at the Air Force Academy was Roger Bate who co-wrote the Dover classic book on Astrodynamics and also stimulated Bill's lifelong interest in computer science. While at the Air Force Academy, Bill was named the Outstanding Graduate in both Behavioral Sciences and Philosophy. Bill received a master's degree from Purdue in Human Factors Psychology. (He learned Human Factors Psychology at Purdue from Ernest J. McCormick, one of the founders of the field.)

In the Air Force he designed jet cockpits as a usability engineer. In the wake of the Vietnam War, he left the Air Force as a pacifist, but has since realized the necessity at times for military intervention. He has taught in many schools the inner city of Los Angeles, at Otis College of Art and Design, at Los Angeles City College, at Johns Hopkins University (Center for Talented Youth), and at Columbia College Hollywood. He also taught for 8 years at a national university in China, Xiamen University, where he was associated with the College of Foreign Language and Culture and the Brain-Like Intelligence Systems Laboratory. Including all his substitute teaching experience, he has taught at about 115 different schools, colleges and universities, in every grade from kindergarden through college, making him perhaps the world's most experienced educator.

In the 1990s, Bill used his computer programming skills to study highly composite numbers and wrote a paper about them. In the 2000 decade, Bill was perhaps one of the first people to develop a web robot to find jobs for substitute teachers. Since 2010, his main interests have been human factors, cognitive science, education, technology, computer programming and artificial intelligence. For awhile he was a member of the Binghamton University of scientists and scholars studying religion and evolution. He is also an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation, a group of scientists and scholars who study issues related to humanity's survival. His hobby is swimming, and he sometimes competes in ocean swimming or gives swimming lessons. He was ranked by Swim Magazine in the Top Ten in the World in master's swimming. More about Bill

Following are some comments by some of the world's leading scientists and scholars on work by Bill Lauritzen contained on this site:

“Bill Lauritzen... who is some kind of genius.”
– Sir Arthur C. Clarke, scientist, author and inventor of the communications satellite, on Plato's Lost Continent PDF

“I enjoyed reading it and begin to wonder about its applications...”
– James Lovelock, scientist and author, formulator of Gaia Theory, on Versatile Economics

“I read your article with high interest... eminently publishable.”
– Martin Gardner, author and former mathematics editor of Scientific American magazine, on Versatile Economics (Photo of Gardner and the author)

“Thanks for your article. I looked through it and found it interesting.”
– Douglas Hofstadter, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Godel, Escher, Bach, on Versatile Economics

“Damn interesting... You have a most agile and... versatile mind.”
– Michael Shermer, author, “Why People Believe Weird Things" on Versatile Economics

“... the famous triangle paper... ”
– Harry Kroto, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, on Buckyballs Triangulated (Photo of Kroto and the author)

“I read your article on Atlantis with great interest...”
– Martin Gardner, author and former mathematics editor of Scientific American, on Plato's Lost Continent PDF

“... thought provoking.”
– Robert Schoch, geologist, author, “Voices of the Rocks” on Plato's Lost Continent PDF

“I admire the clarity of your writing and the originality of your thought.”
– Lewis Lapham, Harper's Magazine, on Plato's Lost Continent PDF

“Thanks you very much for your letter... It appears that the... alignments may be cardinally oriented. If so, it is an interesting situation.”
– E. C. Krupp, Ph. D., Griffith Observatory.

“I enjoy your writing style.”
– Michael Shermer, author, on Science and the Soul

“Excellent article.”
– Arthur C. Clarke on Buckyballs Triangulated

“It sounds like a wonderful idea!”
– Storey Musgrave, former NASA Astronaut on Spacehenge

“Sounds interesting and lots of fun.”
– Louis Friedman, Director, Planetary Society on Spacehenge

“Thanks for your charming numerophilic writings.”
– Lyn Margulis, microbiologist, scientist, and author, on Versatile Economics

“A fine piece...”
– Martin Gardner, on Geodesic Dome Education

“I passed your essay on to my Dean of Architecture...”
– Arthur C. Clarke, on Geodesic Dome Education

“I enjoyed reading it.”
– Michael Shermer, science historian and publisher of Skeptic magazine, on Useable Science

“... interesting paper...”
– Arthur Loeb on Nature's Numbers

“Your paper on numbers interested me greatly.”
– S. Warren Carey, Ph. D. author, Theories of the Earth and Universe, on Nature's Numbers