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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.

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"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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56 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Modern Electronics

    Understanding Modern Electronics

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    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. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition Sale

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

    Richard Wolfson
    Save up to $185.00 Starting at $34.95 $69.95 $34.95$69.95
    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.
  3. Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $529.95 Starting at $529.95 $624.95 $529.95$624.95
    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...
  4. Earth's Changing Climate Sale

    Earth's Changing Climate

    Richard Wolfson
    Save up to $170.00 Starting at $15.95 $29.95 $15.95$29.95
    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...
  5. Physics in Your Life Sale

    Physics in Your Life

    Richard Wolfson
    Save up to $275.00 Starting at $99.95 $99.95 $99.95$99.95
    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...
  6. (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 $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  7. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    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...
  8. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    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...
  9. (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 $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $824.90 $699.90$824.90
  10. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Black Holes Explained Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $824.90 Starting at $824.90 $824.90 $824.90$824.90
  11. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  12. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Understanding the Universe Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Understanding the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,209.90 Starting at $1,209.90 $1,424.90 $1,209.90$1,424.90
  13. (Set) Physics in Your Life & Chemistry, 2nd Edition  Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $749.90 Starting at $749.90 $749.90 $749.90$749.90
    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. Biology; Einstein's Relativity Set

    Biology; Einstein's Relativity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,384.65 Starting at $3,384.65 $3,384.65 $3,384.65$3,384.65
    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...
  15. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  16. (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 $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
    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...
  17. (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 $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    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...
  18. (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
  19. (Set) Earth's Changing Climate & Physics in Your Life  Set

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

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $574.90 Starting at $574.90 $574.90 $574.90$574.90
  20. (Set)  12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Einsteins Relativity Set

    (Set) 12 Essential Scientific Concepts & Einsteins Relativity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  21. (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 $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  22. (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution & Physics and Our Universe Set on sale

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

    Richard Wolfson
    Save up to $683.00 Starting at $164.90 $196.90 $164.90$196.90
    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...
  23. (Set) Superstring Theory & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution  Set

    (Set) Superstring Theory & Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Examine exciting concepts on the cutting edge of science in these two eye-opening courses. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition explores the awe-inspiring concepts of modern physics in ways that anyone interested in learning can readily master. Then, join the search for the ultimate nature of physical reality in the exciting lectures of Superstring Theory:...
  24. (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 $629.90 Starting at $629.90 $629.90 $629.90$629.90
    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...
  25. (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 $1,059.90 Starting at $1,059.90 $1,249.90 $1,059.90$1,249.90
    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...
  26. (Set)  Einstein's Relativity & Secrets of Mental Math Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
  27. (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 $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
  28. (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 $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $359.90 $259.90$359.90
  29. (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 $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
    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...
  30. (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 $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    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...