Richard Morris (author)

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Richard Ward Morris (1939–August 28, 2003) was an American author, editor, and poet.

Richard Ward Morris

Richard Morris received his MS in physics from the University of New Mexico and his PhD in physics from the University of Nevada, before he moved to San Francisco,[1] where he started the magazine Camels Coming. In 1968, he established and became the executive director of the committee of small magazine editors and publishers (COSMEP). His COSMEP newsletter guided classic little magazines and underground hippie tabloids right through the Vietnam War into the Ronald Reagan era. He published as well poetry, fiction and drama; his selected poetry, Assyrians, was published in 1991 by "The Smith". The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul deviated from his usual fare, but evolution and the controversies surrounding it through history had become his interest later in life.

Beginning in 1979, Morris became known to the wider world as the author of a series of mainstream science books. These texts were translated and published to Good Reads[2] in dozens of countries. He still continued publishing small-press collections of poetry and drama, which were read mostly by his friends and peers.

He published more than 20 books in his lifetime, many of which were written to "explain the intricacies of science to the general public". His literary style and narrative talents allowed for easy reading of what were otherwise heady and intellectual topics, bringing sometimes abstract scientific ideas to a level the common person could understand.

His final work, The Last Sorcerers: The Path from Alchemy to the Periodic Table, was published posthumously in 2003.


  • Light: From Genesis to Modern Physics (1979)
  • The End of the World (1980)
  • The Fate of the Universe (1982)
  • Evolution and Human Nature (1983)
  • Dismantling the Universe: The Nature of Scientific Discovery (1984)
  • Time's Arrows: Scientific Attitudes Toward Time (1986)
  • The Nature of Reality: The Universe After Einstein (1988)
  • The Edges of Science: Crossing the Boundary from Physics to Metaphysics (1990)
  • Cosmic Questions: Galactic Halos, Cold Dark Matter and the End of Time (Wiley Popular Science) (1995)[3]
  • Achilles in the Quantum Universe: the Definitive History of Infinity (1997)[4]
  • The Universe, the Eleventh Dimension, and Everything: What We Know and How We Know It (1999)
  • The Evolutionists: The Struggle for Darwin's Soul (2002)
  • The Big Questions: Probing the Promise and Limits of Science (2002)
  • The Last Sorcerers: The Path from Alchemy to the Periodic Table (2003)[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "Richard Morris, PhD". Macmillan website. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Books by Richard Morris (Author of the Last Sorcerers)".
  3. ^ "Review: Cosmic Questions", Kirkus Reviews
  4. ^ "Review: Achilles in the Quantum Universe", Kirkus Reviews
  5. ^ Carmen J. Giunta, "Book review: Richard Morris: The Last Sorcerers", Foundations of Chemistry, Volume 9, Number 1 (2007), 97-100, DOI: 10.1007/s10698-006-9005-y
  6. ^ Tim Radford, "Peer Review", The Guardian (UK), 28 July 2005
  7. ^ The Last Sorcerers. National Academies Press website. 2003. doi:10.17226/10722. ISBN 978-0-309-09507-5. Retrieved 3 September 2012.