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Eric Schulman is an American
United States
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An astronomer is a scientist who studies celestial bodies such as planets, stars and galaxies.Historically, astronomy was more concerned with the classification and description of phenomena in the sky, while astrophysics attempted to explain these phenomena and the differences between them using...

 and science
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 humorist. Schulman received his bachelor's degree
Bachelor's degree
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 from UCLA and his PhD
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 from the University of Michigan
University of Michigan
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. He is the author
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 of A Briefer History of Time
A Briefer History of Time (Schulman book)
A Briefer History of Time is a science humor book by the American astronomer Eric Schulman. In this book, Schulman presents humorous summaries of what he claims are the fifty-three most important events since the beginning of time....

: From the Big Bang to the Big Mac
(1999) and has been a member of the editorial board
Editorial board
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 of the Annals of Improbable Research
Annals of Improbable Research
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 since 1998. He sometimes uses the pen name
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 E. Robert Schulman when writing science humor
Parody science
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 articles. Schulman was the first "Armchair Astrophysics" columnist for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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's Mercury
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Magazine (he was succeeded by Christopher Wanjek
Christopher Wanjek
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 in 2001).

Schulman is married to Caroline Virginia Cox (an astronomer in her own right) and they are the parents of one daughter, Emily. Both Caroline and Emily have been featured in Schulman's writings; for example, Schulman writes a detailed scientific paper on how to write a science fair
Science fair
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project, which is a humorous and exaggerated rewrite of Emily's own writeup of her project. In another case, the three are featured in Schulman's writeup of Emily (11 months at the time) attempting to stack rings on a ring tower.

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