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Sander Bais

Sander Bais (b.1945) is a Dutch physical scientist. In 1971 Bais got his bachelor degree (Physics) in TU Delft in the Netherlands. In 1973 he finished his master (Appl. Physics) and in 1977 he obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the University of California in Santa Cruz and SLAC. He subsequently held research positions at the Universities of Pennsylvania, and Leuven, at CERN (Geneva) and the University of Utrecht. After an appointment in Leiden he became a full professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1985.

Sander Bais has always been a critical participant in general discussions on science, society and education. He delivered the 2004 EttyHillesum Lecture on Science and Culture. He has written two books in which he conveys key principles of theoretical physics to a broad audience. The first is called The Equations: Icons of Knowledge and is about the fundamental equations of physics and their interrelationships (Harvard University Press, 2005), it has been translated in 8 languages. The second book is entitled Very special relativity: An illustrated guide and concerns an entirely geometric introduction to Einstein's theory of special relativity (Harvard University Press, 2007).

Translation in Chinese

《图解爱因斯坦相对论》(Very special relativity: An illustrated guide,2007)(Tujieaiyinsitanxiangduilun) Complex Chinese. Translated from English by Kuanyu FU. Taiwan: wunan, 2009. ISBN: 9789571156705.