Charles L. Harper writes and speaks about:


Scientific Research

Other Interests



On Philanthropy:

Philanthropy Magazine interview,  “Tough Minded & Principled” 1/1/’03

Entrepreneurial philosophy and practices in grant making:

Philanthropy Magazine, Letter to the Editor, 10/1/’07:

On Education and globalization:

“Edu-globalization: New perspectives and possibilities in an ever-changing world,” Sept. 8, 2010:

On scientific research:   

  1. C.L. Harper Jr., ed. Science and Ultimate Reality:  Quantum Theory, Cosmology, and Complexity. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

C.L. Harper Jr., ed. Fitness of the Cosmos for Life:  Biochemistry and Fine-Tuning. Cambridge University        Press, 2007.

C.L. Harper Jr., ed. Visions of Discovery: New Light on Physics, Cosmology, and Consciousness.  (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

  1. C.L. Harper Jr., ed. Water and Life:  The Unique Properties of H2O (Taylor & Francis, 2010).

C.L. Harper Jr., ed. Kurt Gödel and the Foundations of Mathematics:  Horizons of Truth. (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Additional volumes developed by Harper include: NEW FRONTIERS IN RESEARCH ON INFINITY (Notre Dame Press, 2011), and DEEP BEAUTY: Understanding the Quantum World through Mathematical Innovation (Cambridge University Press, 2011), and NEW VISION 400: Engaging Big Questions in Astronomy & Cosmology Four Hundred Years after the Invention of the Telescope (2011 in press).

Harper Jr., C. L. & Jacobsen, S. B. (1996). Noble Gases and Earth’s Accretion.  SCIENCE, v. 273, pp. 1814-1816.

Harper Jr., C. L. (1996).  Evidence for 92gNb in the early Solar System and Evaluation of a New p-Process Cosmochronometer from 92gNb/92Mo.  ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, v. 466, pp. 437-456.

Harper Jr., C. L. (1996). Astrophysical Site of the Origin of the Solar System Inferred from Extinct Radionuclide Abundances.  ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, v. 466, pp. 1026-1038. (1996)

Harper Jr., C. L. & Jacobsen, S. B. (1996).  Evidence of 182Hf in the Early Solar System and Constraints on the Timescale of Terrestrial Accretion and Core Formation.  GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, v. 60, No. 7, pp. 1131-1153.

Jacobsen, S.B. & Harper Jr, C. L. (1996).  Comment on “the issue of the terrestrial record of 146Sm” by M. Sharma, D. A. Papanastassiou, G. J. Wasserburg, and R. F. Dymek. GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, v. 60, No. 19, pp. 3747-3749.

Jacobsen, S.B. & Harper Jr, C. L. (1996).  Accretion and Early Differentiation History of the Earth Based on Extinct Radionuclides.  In:  Earth Processes:  Reading the Code.  AGU Geophysical Monograph #95, pp. 47-74

Harper Jr., C.L.,  Nyquist, L. E., Bansal, B., Wiesmann, H. & Shih, C-Y. (1995).  Rapid Accretion and Early Differentiation of Mars Indicated by 142Nd/144Nd in SNC Meteorites.  SCIENCE, v. 267, pp. 213-217.

Harper Jr., C. L. (1993) Isotopic astronomy from anomalies in meteorites: recent advances and new frontiers.  J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 19 S81-S94.  (Also in: Nuclei in the Cosmos. Proceedings of the 2nd International

Symposium on Nuclear Astrophysics, Kappeler, F. Wisshak, K.  ISBN: 9780750302609 )

Harper Jr., C. L. & Jacobsen, S. B.  (1992). Evidence from coupled 147Sm-143Nd and 146Sm-142Nd systematics for very early (4.5-Gyr) differentiation of the Earth’s mantle.  NATURE, v. 360, pp. 728-732.

Harper Jr., C. L. (1996) Entry: “Nucleosynthesis and the Origin of Elements.”  In: MacMillan Encyclopedia of Earth Science.  Ed. E. Julius Dasch, pp. 712-721.   ISBN-13: 9780028971124

Harper Jr., C.L. (2001)  Why Science and Religion Need to Talk:  Human ‘fallenness’, freedom and pain are the preserve of both areas.  NATURE, v. 411, pp. 239-240.

Harper Jr., C.  L. (2000)  Beginning to Explore an Infinite Cosmos of Living Worlds.  In:  God, Science & Humility.  Templeton Foundation Press, pp, 52-117.

Harper Jr., C. L. (2000)  The View Towards Infinity.  BELIEFNET  (  )

Harper Jr., C. L. & Jacobsen, S. B. (1996) Initial Solar System 3He/4He Ratio and Cosmological Implications.  Submitted to ApJ Letts., Unpublished.  (Specific results for the cosmological baryon density were strongly doubted and resisted by technical reviewers in 1996 but were later confirmed and are now considered to be fully secure.)

On Other Interests:   (incomplete)

Los Angeles Times Op-Ed. 12/24/’08.  “Following our nuclear star:  A Christmas Eve walk through a forest in 1938 gave us the gift of clean energy.

Washington Post Op-Ed.  6/13/’99, When Great Minds Think Alike.

Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Time to phase out fossil fuels?”  Dec. 26th, 1995.

Harvard Gazette interview:  Martian meteorite rolls back geologic clock.

Jan. 26th, 1995.  By William J. Cromie

Houston Chronicle Op-ed, “Only another leader like Nehru can save India”  (not my title!)  May 24th. 1991

How does God lead us in our Calling?  Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, v. 53, No. 4, pp. 225-235. 2001

What does a slug know of Mozart?:  Introducing the ontological Multiverse.  In:  Spiritual Information.  Ed.  Charles L. Harper, Jr.  Templeton Foundation Press, pp. 44-51.   (Book of 100 essays developed and edited by Charles Harper.)

See also:  “Taking a Chemical Look at the Early Earth”  (by Ron Cowan. 1992 Science News report of a discovery published in SCIENCE.):