Professor Richard Wolfson, Ph.D.

Professor Richard Wolfson
  • Middlebury College
  • Dartmouth College
Physics explains the workings of the universe at the deepest level, the everyday natural phenomena that are all around us, and the technologies that enable modern society. It's an essential liberal art.

Dr. Richard Wolfson is the Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College, where he also teaches Climate Change in Middlebury's Environmental Studies Program. He completed his undergraduate work at MIT and Swarthmore College, graduating from Swarthmore with a double major in Physics and Philosophy. He holds a master's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Physics from Dartmouth.

Professor Wolfson's published work encompasses diverse fields such as medical physics, plasma physics, solar energy engineering, electronic circuit design, observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, nuclear issues, and climate change. His current research involves the eruptive behavior of the sun's outer atmosphere, or corona, as well as terrestrial climate change and the sun–Earth connection.

Professor Wolfson is the author of several books, including the college textbooks Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Essential University Physics,and Energy, Environment, and Climate. He is also an interpreter of science for the nonspecialist, a contributor to Scientific American, and author of the books Nuclear Choices: A Citizen's Guide to Nuclear Technology and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified.

Testimonials

"Dr. Wolfson covers his topics in physics thoroughly and in an entertaining fashion. His sequence of subjects is novel and he manages transitions and cross-references extremely well."

 

"Professor Wolfson lectures were superb, enthusiaistic, never dull. He is an excellent teacher. Highly recommended, I wish I could go back to college and take more courses from him!"

 

"Professor Wolfson is easily the most gifted lecturer I have ever encountered including in 5 years of college and 2 years of grad school."

 

"One can't beat Richard Wolfson as a coherent, organized, knowledgable and effective lecturer."

66 Courses and Sets

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66 Courses and Sets

  1. (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.
  2. (Set) Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life & Understanding Modern Electronics Set

    (Set) Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life & Understanding Modern Electronics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Get a grasp on how the everyday systems around you work with this illuminating two-course set. Start by exploring the engineering behind the infrastructure in your daily life with Everyday Engineering: Understanding the Marvels of Daily Life. Then, understand with Understanding Modern Electronics, discover how most technology we use operates on a few basic principles that are both fascinating and easy to.
  3. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £116.98 Starting at £116.98 £158.98 £116.98£158.98
    Broaden your knowledge of science with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then, discover the beauty of physics, exploring fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, waves and fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and relativity and quantum theory.
  4. (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) Chemistry and Our Universe & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £158.98 Starting at £158.98 £214.98 £158.98£214.98
    If you've ever wondered what things are made of, and how they work, this two-course set is for you. Take a deep dive into the science of how everything interacts with Chemistry and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, learn how the universe behaves at every scale, from the subatomic to the extragalactic with Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works.
  5. (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution Set

    (Set) Redefining Reality & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £88.98 Starting at £88.98 £125.98 £88.98£125.98
    Understand your universe better with this profound two-set course. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, demonstrates how relativity and quantum physics touch the very basis of physical reality. However, what is reality? Redefining Reality takes this study to the next level, looking at the ways science has shaped our understanding of reality.
  6. (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Thermodynamics Set

    (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Thermodynamics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at £74.98 Starting at £74.98 £102.98 £74.98£102.98
    Forge a link between the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and modern electronics with this set of courses. First, understand the surprisingly simple principles that all electronic devices operate on in 24 clear and accessible lectures. Next, explore thermodynamics—the branch of science that deals with heat—to see how profound an impact it has on modern society in enthralling lectures.