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."

66 Courses and Sets

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66 Courses and Sets

  1. Understanding Modern Electronics Sale

    Understanding Modern Electronics

    Richard Wolfson
    4.6 out of 5
    89% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (109)
    Save up to $190.00 Starting at $59.95 $79.95 $59.95$79.95
    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. Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Richard Wolfson
    4.4 out of 5
    83% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (66)
    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...
  3. Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

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

    Richard Wolfson
    4.5 out of 5
    81% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (183)
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    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.
  4. Earth's Changing Climate Sale

    Earth's Changing Climate

    Richard Wolfson
    4.3 out of 5
    72% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (92)
    Save up to $180.00 Starting at $12.95 $19.95 $12.95$19.95
    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
    4.7 out of 5
    71% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (56)
    Save up to $305.00 Starting at $49.95 $69.95 $49.95$69.95
    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) 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 $894.90 Starting at $894.90 $1,054.90 $894.90$1,054.90
    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.
  7. (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...
  8. (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 $999.90 Starting at $999.90 $999.90 $999.90$999.90
  9. (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution; Physics in Your Life; & Earth's Changing Climate  Set

    (Set) Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution; Physics in Your Life; & Earth's Changing Climate

    Richard Wolfson
    Starting at $829.85 Starting at $829.85 $829.85 $829.85$829.85
  10. (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works  Set

    (Set) Chemistry, 2nd Edition & Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $849.90 Starting at $849.90 $999.90 $849.90$999.90
  11. (Set)  Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math Set

    (Set) Physics and Our Universe & Joy of Math

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $744.90 Starting at $744.90 $879.90 $744.90$879.90
  12. (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 $574.90 Starting at $574.90 $574.90 $574.90$574.90
    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...
  13. (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
  14. (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...
  15. (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...