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) 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...
  2. (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
  3. (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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  4. (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...
  5. (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
  6. (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
  7. (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
  8. (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
  9. (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...
  10. (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
  11. (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...
  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) 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...
  14. (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
  15. (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...
  16. (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
  17. (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...
  18. (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set on sale

    (Set) Great Ideas of Classical Physics & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $511.00 Starting at $88.90 $599.90 $88.90$599.90
  19. (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...
  20. (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