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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42 Courses and Sets

  1. (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....
  2. (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
  3. (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
  4. (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
  5. (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:...
  6. (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...
  7. (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
  8. (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
  9. (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....
  10. (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Quantum Mechanics Set

    (Set) Understanding Modern Electronics & Quantum Mechanics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    See how modern electronics and quantum mechanics relate with this set of courses. First, understand the surprisingly simple principles that all electronic devices operate on in 24 clear and accessible lectures. Then, experience an entirely new approach to understanding reality in 24 lectures that reveal a breathtaking look at concepts such as cause and effect, measurement, and information.
  11. (Set) The Science of Information & Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Explore some of the startling sides of physics with this two-course set. Chances are you’ve never heard of this this field, but learn how The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes is changing your life. Then discover the vital and fascinating critical pillars of science and engineering in Thermodynamics: Four Laws That Move the Universe.
  12. (Set) Physics: Atoms to Astronomy Set

    (Set) Physics: Atoms to Astronomy

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $1,194.80 Starting at $1,194.80 $1,404.80 $1,194.80$1,404.80
    Science is as astonishing as it is beautiful and nothing can compare to learning science with a professor who is passionate about their field. Whether you're exploring electricity with Professor Wolfson, entropy with Professor Grossman, or quantum mechanics with Professor Schumacher, you'll walk away with a deeper understanding of the world around you and the places in the universe that you can only dream of seeing.
  13. (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime Set

    (Set) What Einstein Got Wrong & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $384.90 Starting at $384.90 $454.90 $384.90$454.90
    Uncover what black holes, the big bang, gravity waves, and the uncertainty principle have in common with this two-course set, starting with which ideas Einstein didn’t accept in What Einstein Got Wrong. Then, cover the key ideas in gravity research over the past 400 years and get the foundation you need to understand today’s path-breaking theories in physics with Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime:...
  14. (Set) The Science of Information & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    If you’ve ever spent time pondering things that are impossible, this two-course set is for you. First find out how take a new look at information—the raw material of reality in The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes. Then explore big questions like the science behind time travel in Impossible: Physics beyond the Edge.
  15. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime Set on sale

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $366.00 Starting at $57.90 $454.90 $57.90$454.90
    Broaden your knowledge of the mysteries of science with this set of courses. First, understand one of the most exciting scientific discoveries of our time with a fascinating short course that explains the science behind the hunt for the Higgs boson. Next, peer into one of the great mysteries of modern physics—the force of gravity—in a brilliant and insightful course taught by an award-winning professor of...
  16. (Set) Introduction to Astrophysics & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity Set

    (Set) Introduction to Astrophysics & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Get a grasp on the gripping forces that define astrophysics with this illuminating two-course set. Discover the math that unlocks the secrets of the universe with Introduction to Astrophysics and then delve into gravity—what it is, how it works, and why it is the most dominant and puzzling force in the universe—with Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity.
  17. (Set) The Science of Information & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime

    Benjamin Schumacher
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Tackle mind-bending questions guided by prominent physicists in this illuminating two-course set. Start with information theory, which covers everything from computers to cryptography to cosmology in The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes. Then, explore the force of gravity, dark matter, and dark energy in Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime: Understanding Gravity.
  18. (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.
  19. (Set) The Nature of Matter & Quantum Mechanics Set

    (Set) The Nature of Matter & Quantum Mechanics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Embark on an intellectual journey into the physics of the universe with this set of courses. Begin by exploring the science of chemistry, which deals with matter in its infinite variety—from electrons to high-tech materials. Then peer into the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics with a course that explains, in language that anyone can understand, how the quantum world works and why it works that way.
  20. (Set) The Science of Information & The Higgs Boson and Beyond Set

    (Set) The Science of Information & The Higgs Boson and Beyond

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Go deep into the very essence of what makes our universe, as two influential physicists take you on a stellar journey through matter in this two-course set. Initiate your journey with The Science of Information: From Language to Black Holes and change the way you see the world. Then explore why the Higgs Boson discovery was so relevant to expanding our knowledge of the universe in The Higgs Boson and Beyond.