Professor Dan Hooper, Ph.D.

Professor Dan Hooper
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
To really pay full tribute to Albert Einstein, I’d argue that we need to appreciate not only his great success, but also his challenges, mistakes, and errors.

Dan Hooper is a senior scientist and the head of the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). He is also Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Hooper received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He was later a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and the David Schramm Fellow at Fermilab.

Dr. Hooper’s research focuses on the interface between particle physics and cosmology, covering topics such as dark matter, dark energy, supersymmetry, neutrinos, extra dimensions, and ultra-high-energy cosmic rays. He has authored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he has given an even larger number of technical talks at scientific conferences and university seminars and colloquia.

Dr. Hooper is the author of two books written for nonscientists: LDark Cosmos and Nature’s Blueprint. He has also written for popular magazines such as Astronomy, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. He gives many public lectures and is frequently called on by the media to comment on science news. Dr. Hooper’s television appearances include Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and Space’s Deepest Secrets, and he has been interviewed on NPR’s Science Friday.

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  1. What Einstein Got Wrong

    What Einstein Got Wrong

    Dan Hooper
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    Taught by physicist Dan Hooper of Fermilab and the University of Chicago, this course focuses on Einstein’s mistakes as a window into his theory-building technique. He was spectacularly effective with relativity and early quantum mechanics, but he also made some missteps by doubting some of the staple concepts of today’s physics, including black holes, the big bang, and the uncertainty principle.
  2. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
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  3. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £27.98 Starting at £27.98 £55.98 £27.98£55.98
    Look at the biggest breakthroughs and serious setbacks of science with this two-course set. Discover the fallible side of the world’s most renowned genius with What Einstein Got Wrong. Then, learn everything you need to know to fully grasp the significance of particle physics in The Higgs Boson and Beyond.
  4. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Uncover what black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and the uncertainty principle have in common with this two-course set, starting with which ideas Einstein didn’t accept in What Einstein Got Wrong. Then, cover the key ideas in gravity research over the past 400 years and get the foundation you need to understand today’s path-breaking theories in physics with Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime:...
  5. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £36.98 Starting at £36.98 £78.98 £36.98£78.98
    Learn how intuition, reason, and a taste for simplicity led Einstein to both greatness and error in this two-course set. Trace his mistakes in What Einstein Got Wrong, and celebrate his successes with Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition.
  6. (Set) Understanding the Quantum World & What Einstein Got Wrong Set

    (Set) Understanding the Quantum World & What Einstein Got Wrong

    Dan Hooper
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    Explore two of the most fascinating concepts in science—quantum theory and relativity—in this two-course set. Discover how the fundamentals of quantum theory have given physicists (and can give you) unprecedented insight into nature with Understanding the Quantum World. Next, focus on Albert Einstein’s mistakes as a window into his thought processes, prejudices, and philosophical outlook in What Einstein Got...
  7. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Theory of Everything Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & The Theory of Everything

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    See the bigger picture of science with this two-course set. Trace Einstein’s path to greatness—mistakes and all—in What Einstein Got Wrong. Then, The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality takes you on the hunt to find a single equation that explains all physical reality.
  8. (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & What Einstein Got Wrong Set

    (SET) Understanding the Misconceptions of Science & What Einstein Got Wrong

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £55.98 Starting at £55.98 £78.98 £55.98£78.98
    What if everything you know about the scientific world is wrong? Probe this intriguing question with these two fascinating courses. Investigate shocking truths about some of science’s most well-known—and often controversial—concepts, including the physics of flight, black holes, and quantum mechanics, in Understanding the Misconceptions of Science. Afterward, use Albert Einstein’s mistakes as a window into...