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."

62 Courses and Sets

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62 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Modern Electronics Sale

    Understanding Modern Electronics

    Richard Wolfson
    4.5 out of 5
    86% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (142)
    Save up to $230.00 Starting at $49.95 $299.95 $49.95$299.95
    Electronic devices are fundamental to our global economy, improve our lives immeasurably, and underlie virtually every aspect of modern life. Yet very few of us have any idea of how electronic devices actually work. In fact, these increasingly complex devices operate on a few basic principles that are both fascinating and easy to understand. Now, in 24 clear and accessible lectures, award-winning Professor of...
  2. Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Richard Wolfson
    4.5 out of 5
    82% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (74)
    Starting at $499.95 Starting at $499.95 $724.95 $499.95$724.95
    Discover the beauty and simplicity of science's most fundamental branch with Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works. Intensively illustrated with diagrams, experiments, animations, graphs, and other visual aids, these 60 lectures by engaging and award-winning Professor Richard Wolfson introduce you to scores of fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, waves and fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and...
  3. Physics in Your Life

    Physics in Your Life

    Richard Wolfson
    4.7 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (64)
    Starting at $349.95 Starting at $349.95 $429.95 $349.95$429.95
    Why does a curveball curve? Why does ice float? How do CDs and DVDs work? Why don't your legs break when you jump off a chair? What keeps a moving bicycle from falling over? These questions involve physical principles that relate not only to interesting aspects of our daily lives, but also explain fundamental features of reality. In this DVD-only course, filled with hands-on demonstrations, you explore the physics...
  4. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Richard Wolfson
    4.5 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (196)
    Starting at $249.95 Starting at $249.95 $299.95 $249.95$299.95
    With scientists perhaps on the verge of unlocking the deepest secrets of the universe and with breaking news of discovery after discovery at the frontiers of research, understanding physics has never been so important. This course puts the awe-inspiring—and at times mind-bending—concepts behind relativity and quantum mechanics within reach of anyone who wants to understand them.
  5. Earth's Changing Climate

    Earth's Changing Climate

    Richard Wolfson
    4.3 out of 5
    74% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (104)
    Starting at $149.95 Starting at $149.95 $229.95 $149.95$229.95
    This course is your chance to get some of the most up-to-date research on climate change. Earth's Changing Climate explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis that have led an overwhelming number of climate scientists to conclude that Earth is warming—and the ways in which we humans might be responsible. Whatever your views on climate change, it's important to understand how the current scientific consensus...
  6. (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe  Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    Embark on a thrilling and unforgettable tour of the physical universe with this richly illustrated and highly rewarding two-course set. First, get an introduction to scores of fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity, quantum theory, and so much more in Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works. Then, learn the absorbing scientific story behind the two most eagerly studied subjects...
  7. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Black Holes Explained Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $954.90 Starting at $954.90 $954.90 $954.90$954.90
  8. (Set) Physics in Your Life & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Physics in Your Life & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $729.90 Starting at $729.90 $729.90 $729.90$729.90
    Finally grasp the complexities of modern physics in these two courses taught by award-winning Professor Richard Wolfson. Physics in Your Life deals with our basic understanding of the physical world as it applies to commonplace technologies and natural phenomena. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition explores the awe-inspiring concepts of modern physics in...
  9. (Set) How the Earth Works & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) How the Earth Works & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $685.90 Starting at $685.90 $899.90 $685.90$899.90
    Make sense of some of the most intriguing scientific puzzles around you in this two-course set that provides insights into the "mechanics" of our amazing planet and quantum physics. In How the Earth Works, learn what the Earth is made of, where it came from, and—above all—how it works. Then, grasp the awe-inspiring concepts of relativity and quantum physics with Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum...
  10. (Set) Particle Physics for Non-Physicists & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Particle Physics for Non-Physicists & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $599.90 $599.90$599.90
    Investigate awe-inspiring concepts in modern physics with two expert scientists. In Particle Physics for Non-Physicists, get an accessible look at the quantum world of quarks, neutrinos, and other basic forces of the universe. In Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition, grasp the fascinating concepts of relativity and quantum physics in a way that any...
  11. (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution & Physics and Our Universe

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    Get a grasp on the awe-inspiring concepts of relativity and quantum mechanics, as well as an overall understanding of science's most fundamental branch, in this essential course set by physicist and professor Richard Wolfson. In Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, you'll get a comprehensive treatment of the landmark theories of relativity and quantum physics. And in Physics and Our Universe: How It All...
  12. (Set) Joy of Science & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
    Rediscover the excitement of a great field of human endeavor. The Joy of Science provides you with a clear overview of modern science's key principles, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest genetic research. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition examines the fascinating concepts of relativity and quantum physics in a way that any interested layperson...
  13. (Set) Einstein's Relativity: Physics/Birth of the Modern Mind Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity: Physics/Birth of the Modern Mind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $399.90 $399.90$399.90

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  14. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $649.90 Starting at $649.90 $954.90 $649.90$954.90
  15. (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.90 Starting at $849.90 $1,154.90 $849.90$1,154.90
  16. (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
  17. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
  18. (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Physics in Your Life  Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Physics in Your Life

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $1,154.90 Starting at $1,154.90 $1,154.90 $1,154.90$1,154.90
  19. (Set) Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Albert Einstein: Physicist, Philosopher, Humanitarian & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $599.90 Starting at $599.90 $599.90 $599.90$599.90
  20. (Set) Physics of History & Physics in Your Life  Set

    (Set) Physics of History & Physics in Your Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $729.90 Starting at $729.90 $729.90 $729.90$729.90
    Discover the instrumental roles that physics plays in solving the mysteries of the past and of our everyday lives. Start by examining how scientists use physics to explore intimate details about history from the rise and fall of preliterate societies to the origins of the solar system with The Physics of History. Then, explore the physics of everyday events in a manner that is informative, fun, and has the potential...