Professor Don Howard, Ph.D.

Professor Don Howard
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Boston University
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Einstein is endlessly fascinating. No thinker has changed our picture of the world more dramatically. And few scientists have had a comparable impact on philosophy or human affairs. There is no more rewarding experience than making Einstein accessible to non-specialists.

Dr. Don Howard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame and Director of Notre Dame's Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science. A graduate of Michigan State University's Honors College and its Lyman Briggs College with a B.Sc. in Physical Science, he earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a specialization in the philosophy of science from Boston University. Professor Howard has served as an assistant editor and a contributing editor for the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, and he is a founding coeditor of the Einstein Studies series. The author of many papers exploring diverse aspects of Einstein's philosophy of science and his physics, he is preparing a book on Einstein for Blackwell's Great Minds series, designed to explain Einstein's ideas to the general reader. Among his many honors, Professor Howard is a recipient of Notre Dame's Kaneb Teaching Award, recognizing faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching. He is now a Fellow of the Center for Einstein Studies at Boston University; a Reilly Fellow in Notre Dame's Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; and a Faculty Fellow in Notre Dame's Nanovic Institute for European Studies. In 2007, Professor Howard was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


"Professor Howard provides an absorbing, balanced, and insightful look at all of Albert Einstein's many faces - not only the brilliant physicist, but also - as the title indicates - the philosopher and humanitarian."