A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Marko V. Jaric

Marko V. Jaric was born on March 17, 1952 in Belgrade. He completed his elementary school education in Belgrade and attended the Air Force Military High School in Mostar where he graduated in 1970 as the best student of his class. Subsequently he enrolled at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics where he received a degree in physics in 1974, graduating as the best student of his generation. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 at the City University of New York with professor Joseph Birman, one of the most prominent physicists in solid-state physics, as his thesis advisor.

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Dr Marko Jaric completed his post-doctoral studies at the University of California at Berkeley from 1978 to 1980 as a Miller fellow and at the Freie Universität in Berlin from 1980 to 1982 as a Humboldt fellow. As an already recognized scientist he conducted research at the Institut des Hautes Etudes at Bures-sur-Yvette, France and at the Einstein Center for Theoretical Physics at the Weizmann Institute in Israel.

Dr. Marko Jaric received his first professorship in 1983 at the Montana State University, where he lectured as a visiting professor. In 1985 he received the same position at Harvard University, and only a year later, in 1986, he was offered a full professorship at the renowned A&M University in Texas where he stayed until his premature death on the 25th of October 1997. He was especially proud of the professorship he received from the Nikola Tesla University in Knin in 1993.

Professor Marko Jaric was actively involved in scientific research in theoretical solid-state physics, mathematical physics, and biophysics. His successful research career may be best illustrated with more than 100 articles published in leading scientific journals. His papers are cited over 1300 times in international scientific journals. He published four books and supervised several scientific projects funded by the US National Science Foundation. In addition professor Jari was a reviewer and often the main referee for two distinguished journals: Physical Review and Physical Review Letters. He organized four international conferences and delivered opening lectures as an invited speaker on 30 other international conferences.

The principal results of professor Jaric’s work which enabled him to reach the world’s highest level and brought him the reputation of a world class physicist include: the application of spatial group theory to structural phase transitions, investigation of the coexistence of magnetism and superconductivity, the theory of equilibrium polymerization and the physics of quasicrystals. His pioneering works in the field of quasicrystal physics along with his four books: Introduction to Quasicrystals, Introduction to the Mathematics of Quasicrystals, Extended Icosahedral Structures, and Quasicrystals, have come to represent the basic literature in this field and have brought him a great scientific recognition.

His exceptional talent for science and remarkable intelligence made him a very popular and highly respected person wherever he was living and working.

With the same enthusiasm and courage that characterized his work in physics, Marko Jaric strived for the protection of truth and defending the rights of the Serbian people.

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Nenad Vukićević

Born: Jagodina, Serbia. Education: Graduated from University of Belgrade, Electrical Engineering. Emigrated to USA in 1984. Provides consulting and software development services in the area of embedded systems, systems software, and communications. President of the Serbian Unity Congress 2002-2005, former President of the local Serbian church Board in Saratoga for many years and provides web and Internet support for SUC. President, founder and creator of the Serbian Blago Fund. Married with three children, and resides in Los Altos, California.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.