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."

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62 Courses and Sets

  1. (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Earth's Changing Climate Set

    (Set) Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather & Earth's Changing Climate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $529.90 Starting at $529.90 $529.90 $529.90$529.90
  2. (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution; Physics in Your Life; & Earth's Changing Climate  Set

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

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $959.85 Starting at $959.85 $959.85 $959.85$959.85
  3. (Set)  Black Holes, Tides & Einstein's Relativity Set

    (Set) Black Holes, Tides & Einstein's Relativity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
  4. (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Understanding the World's Greatest Structures & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Discover just how important and accessible three powerful branches of mathematics are with this two-course set. Mathematics Describing the Real World: Precalculus and Trigonometry is an unrivaled introduction to everything from algebraic and exponential functions to vectors and matrices. Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear, 2nd Edition makes the key concepts and accomplishments of this field accessible to...
  5. (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World  Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Peer inside the smallest corners of your world with this two-course set that reveals some of the most captivating scientific breakthroughs in modern physics and quantum mechanics. In Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, delve into a wealth of fascinating ideas behind these two poles of modern physics. Then, plunge even deeper into the quantum world with Quantum...
  6. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Secrets of Mental Math Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Secrets of Mental Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $399.90 Starting at $399.90 $529.90 $399.90$529.90
  7. (Set) The Sciences: 7 Course Set Set

    (Set) The Sciences: 7 Course Set

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,919.65 Starting at $3,919.65 $3,919.65 $3,919.65$3,919.65
    Rediscover the intellectual joy and wonder that lies at the heart of science with this comprehensive seven-course set. You'll never look at a blade of grass or a star in the sky in the same way again. In Joy of Science, get a clear overview of the key principles underneath all of modern science. In Great Ideas of Classical Physics, journey step by step through the landmark concepts that help us make sense of the...
  8. (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & 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
  9. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Understanding the Universe Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Understanding the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,235.90 Starting at $1,235.90 $1,649.90 $1,235.90$1,649.90
  10. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Change and Motion: Calculus Mad Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Change and Motion: Calculus Mad

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
  11. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
    Uncover answers to the mysteries and secrets of our universe and our physical reality in this riveting course set. Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe explores two of the most eagerly studied subjects in modern cosmology. And 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...
  12. (Set) Understanding the Universe & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $985.90 Starting at $985.90 $1,224.90 $985.90$1,224.90
    Take a closer look at the latest eye-opening developments in astronomy and modern physics. Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition is a nontechnical description of the current picture of our universe. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition examines concepts of modern physics in ways that anyone can readily master.
  13. (Set) Physics in Your Life & Chemistry, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Physics in Your Life & Chemistry, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.90 Starting at $859.90 $859.90 $859.90$859.90
    Your student can finally master the fundamentals of physics and chemistry, as well as the often unnoticed roles they play in daily life. Physics in Your Life reveals the physics of everyday events—including how DVDs work and what keeps a moving bicycle from falling over—in a manner that is fun and highly informative. Chemistry, 2nd Edition establishes a firm foundation for your student to understand this...
  14. (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth's Changing Climate  Set

    (Set) Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology & Earth's Changing Climate

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $659.90 Starting at $659.90 $659.90 $659.90$659.90
    Gain a better understanding of—and appreciation for—your planet with these two courses. The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology is your authoritative and accessible guide to the study of Earth's minerals and rocks and the amazing processes that operate on them throughout time. And Earth's Changing Climate explains the concepts, tools, data, and analysis behind the sometimes-contentious issue of...
  15. (Set) Earth's Changing Climate & Physics in Your Life  Set

    (Set) Earth's Changing Climate & Physics in Your Life

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $659.90 Starting at $659.90 $659.90 $659.90$659.90
  16. (Set) Understanding the Physics of the Impossible & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Physics of the Impossible & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $599.90 $499.90$599.90
  17. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Change and Motion: Calculus Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Change and Motion: Calculus

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90
  18. (Set) Joy of Science & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Joy of Science & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $1,449.90 $999.90$1,449.90
    Rediscover the excitement of a great field of human endeavor in the company of two outstanding professors. The 60 comprehensive lectures of The Joy of Science, taught by Professor Robert M. Hazen, provide you with a clear overview of modern science's key principles, from Newton's laws of motion to the latest genetic research. And Professor Richard Wolfson's Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works explains in 60...
  19. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow: Myth and Reality & 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
    Grasp the wide-ranging field of theoretical physics as well as what applications of physics and other science fields now in development promise for our future in this fascinating course set. In Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works, you are introduced to scores of fundamental ideas such as Newtonian mechanics, waves and fluids, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and relativity and quantum...
  20. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $1,024.90 $749.90$1,024.90