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DANIEL HELMAN (1969 - )
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Daniel Helman is an artist and language teacher who became interested in finishing earlier studies in geology, and in the process became a mad scientist. He was running a set of experiments to make solar panels out of ice for use in cold climates, and also work on artificial ice creation to protect the ice caps-but then accepted a position to work in Vietnam, teaching courses for the faculty of Labor Relations and Trade Unions at Ton Duc Thang University. In his spare time, he runs a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which he set up to help independent scientists. Helman also has had a career in the arts and recently wrote his first play, Hypatia's Math, telling the important history of the powerful woman mathematician from antiquity. His other main love is teaching, and his classrooms are dynamic and student-centered. He finished a doctoral degree in sustainability education at Prescott College in 2017. His two most cited scientific works currently are "Catching lightning for alternative energy" and "Earth electricity: A review of mechanisms which cause telluric currents in the lithosphere."
Research: Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)
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A brilliant young woman (Hypatia) in Roman Alexandria develops into a gifted geometer, mathematician and teacher, but her world is destroyed by the growing darkness and political strife that emerge. Hypatia's knowledge of mathematics and astronomy are no match for the violent political movements of the ancient world, and the institutions and people of Alexandria pay the price. Religious fundamentalism builds steadily in this clash of cultures. Inspiring excerpts from classical works by Aristotle, Plato, Porphyry and Plotinus are woven into the language-the events of the play are themselves based on historical research into the life of Hypatia of Alexandria. She was the most sought-after mathematician and scientist of her day, and taught several generations of administrators and philosophers how to think with clarity. Dance and music add to the artistic and tragic texture of the play.
The play includes two songs, eight dance pieces, and three other scenes with instrumental performance. https://hypatia-math.weebly.com
Coconino Center for the Arts
24 Sep 2016
Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) and Flagstaff Festival of Science
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