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Professor Benjamin Schumacher, Ph.D.

Professor Benjamin Schumacher
  • Kenyon College
  • The University of Texas at Austin
Gravity is about both phenomena near at hand at the human scale, everyday and intuitive, and phenomena far off at an astronomical scale.

Dr. Benjamin Schumacher is Professor of Physics at Kenyon College, where he has taught for 20 years. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1990. Professor Schumacher is the author of numerous scientific papers and two books, including Physics in Spacetime: An Introduction to Special Relativity. As one of the founders of quantum information theory, he introduced the term qubit, invented quantum data compression (also known as Schumacher compression), and established several fundamental results about the information capacity of quantum systems. For his contributions, he won the 2002 Quantum Communication Award, the premier international prize in the field, and was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Besides working on quantum information theory, he has done physics research on black holes, thermodynamics, and statistical mechanics. Professor Schumacher has spent sabbaticals working at Los Alamos National Laboratory and as a Moore Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Quantum Information at California Institute of Technology. He has also done research at the Isaac Newton Institute of Cambridge University, the Santa Fe Institute, the Perimeter Institute, the University of New Mexico, the University of Montreal, the University of Innsbruck, and the University of Queensland.

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"If only I had had lecturers like Schumacher in college, I might have made something of myself. You will be entertained, and your head will spin."

 

"Professor Schumacher covers an amazing amount of material in a clear and concise way with helpful graphics and demonstrations to reinforce learning."

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39 Courses and Sets

  1. Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity Sale

    Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

    Benjamin Schumacher
    4.8 out of 5
    94% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (51)
    Save up to $195.00 Starting at $39.95 $59.95 $39.95$59.95
    The force of gravity rules the universe, yet it is one of the least understood of all the forces of nature. The study of gravity helped spark the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century, and it continues to be at the forefront of physics today. Now, in Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity, plunge into this compelling subject in 24 intensively illustrated lectures, presented by...
  2. Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Benjamin Schumacher
    4.1 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (94)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Quantum mechanics gives us a picture of the world so radically counterintuitive that it has changed our perspective on reality itself. In Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World, award-winning Professor Benjamin Schumacher gives you the logical tools to grasp the paradoxes and astonishing insights of this field. Designed specifically for nonscientists, these 24 lectures reveal breathtaking...
  3. The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes Sale

    The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes

    Benjamin Schumacher
    4.7 out of 5
    93% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (44)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $49.95 $69.95 $49.95$69.95
    Never before have we been able to acquire, record, communicate, and use information in so many different forms. This revolution goes far beyond limitless content—information also underlies our understanding of ourselves, the natural world, and the universe. Discover how the concepts of information reveal breathtaking insights into the workings of nature, even as they lay the foundation of astounding new...
  4. Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Benjamin Schumacher
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this series
    (62)
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Delve into some of the most fascinating concepts at the edge of modern physics with Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge. Professor Benjamin Schumacher's ingenious approach to the physical world will teach you more about physics than you ever imagined. In 24 lectures, you'll probe the nature of the impossible from many points of view and discover that hovering over a black hole, trying to reverse the flow of time,...
  5. (Set)  Uncover the Mystries of the Universe Set

    (Set) Uncover the Mystries of the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $2,849.55 Starting at $2,849.55 $2,849.55 $2,849.55$2,849.55
    It’s not likely you’ll be able to solve all the mysteries of life in one course, even if it is a Great Course. Nine courses, on the other hand, may take you pretty close. Encompassing Physics, the Microscopic World, Matter, Chaos, Cosmology, Complexity, Black Holes, and the Origins of Life, this wide-ranging, comprehensive and inclusive set will deliver answers to some of life’s biggest and most urgent...
  6. (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 $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    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...
  7. (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
  8. (Set) Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists  Set

    (Set) Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Let two award-winning professors take you on an enlightened journey through some of the universe's most profound—and smallest—scientific mysteries. Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World gives you the logical tools you need to grasp the paradoxes and astonishing insights contained in the particle world. Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos introduces you to the...
  9. (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  10. (Set)  Chaos & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscop Set

    (Set) Chaos & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscop

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  11. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  12. (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years  Set

    (Set) The Science Of The Next 100 Years

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,929.60 Starting at $1,929.60 $1,929.60 $1,929.60$1,929.60
    Science, more than any other field of human study, is home to lightning-fast changes with the power to instantly revolutionize our understanding of the universe. So what are the scientific ideas that will occupy headlines and news stories for the next 100 years? What effects will they have on the way you think about—and live in—the world around you? The courses featured in this special section are your...
  13. (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
  14. (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Quantum Mechanics  Set

    (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Quantum Mechanics

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Embark on an unforgettable foray into the frontiers of modern science with this two-course set delivered by engaging expert and award-winning Professor Benjamin Schumacher. Start by delving into some of the most fascinating concepts at the edge of modern physics with Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge. Then, explore the equally fascinating world of quantum mechanics, a field so radically counterintuitive that it...
  15. (Set) Quantum Mechanics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy Set

    (Set) Quantum Mechanics & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  16. (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Black Holes Explained  Set

    (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Black Holes Explained

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $454.90 Starting at $454.90 $454.90 $454.90$454.90
    Investigate the latest research on the fundamental force of gravity and what it reveals about other features of the universe, such as black holes, in this eye-opening course set. First, in Professor Benjamin Schumacher’s Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity, get an in-depth look at the key ideas of gravity, which is at once the most dominant and the most puzzling force in the...
  17. (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science for Tomorrow & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  18. (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe; Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality; Chaos; & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World  Set

    (Set) Dark Matter, Dark Energy: The Dark Side of the Universe; Superstring Theory: The DNA of Reality; Chaos; & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,019.80 Starting at $1,019.80 $1,019.80 $1,019.80$1,019.80
  19. (Set) Understanding Structures  Set

    (Set) Understanding Structures

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $859.80 Starting at $859.80 $1,019.80 $859.80$1,019.80
  20. (Set)  Black Holes, Tides & Einstein's Relativity Set

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

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  21. (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small  & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World  Set

    (Set) Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Take a fascinating journey to the new frontiers of modern science with this two-course set that looks at the universe on a mind-bogglingly small scale. First, in Introduction to Nanotechnology: The New Science of Small, you'll get an in-depth explanation of a powerful engine of innovation that operates at the level of atoms and molecules and holds great promise for meeting some of society's greatest challenges....
  22. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World   Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  23. (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity  Set

    (Set) Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  24. (Set)  Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Quantum Mechani Set

    (Set) Understanding the Science of Tomorrow & Quantum Mechani

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  25. (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Dark Matter, Dark Energy  Set

    (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Dark Matter, Dark Energy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Peer inside two of the most mysterious corners of the scientific world with this fascinating course set. First, encounter some of the most intriguing concepts at the edge of modern physics with Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge. Then, explore the invisible components that have brought us to the brink of knowing—for the first time in history—what the universe is made of with Dark Matter, Dark Energy:...
  26. (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World  Set

    (Set) Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity & Quantum Mechanics: The Physics of the Microscopic World

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Learn about the rapid scientific advances in our understanding of the universe with this course set that examines the fundamental force of gravity and the subatomic world. In Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity, get an in-depth look at the key ideas of gravity, which is at once the most dominant and the most puzzling force in the universe and which gives us deep insight into other...
  27. (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Cosmology: The History and Nature of Our Universe & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  28. (Set) Chaos & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge  Set

    (Set) Chaos & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  29. (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos  Set

    (Set) Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge & Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Plunge into some of the most revolutionary—and even mind-bending—concepts and topics in contemporary physics with this fascinating two-course set. In Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge, probe the nature of the impossible from many points of view and discover that hovering over a black hole, trying to reverse the flow of time, and other adventures make for an excellent education in the laws of nature....
  30. (Set) The Science of Information & Big Data Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & Big Data

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Data and information—learn how vital these two elements are in this two-course set. Discover how information theory is the science behind today’s digital revolution in The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes, and then explore what big data means and how it impacts us in Big Data: How Data Analytics Is Transforming the World.
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