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. (Set) Do-It-Yourself Engineering & Understanding Modern Electronics Set

    (Set) Do-It-Yourself Engineering & Understanding Modern Electronics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Learn about the wonders of the world around you with this fascinating two-course set. Do-It-Yourself Engineering teaches you engaging projects that tackle engineering’s greatest feats, while Understanding Modern Electronics takes you inside the complex devices we use every day.
  2. (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.
  3. (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Physics and Our Universe Set

    (Set) The Higgs Boson and Beyond & Physics and Our Universe

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $699.90 Starting at $699.90 $824.90 $699.90$824.90
    Gain a deeper understanding of physics 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, discover the beauty and simplicity of physics in a thorough and engaging course that covers fundamental and advanced ideas.
  4. (Set) How to Program & Understanding Modern Electronics Set

    (Set) How to Program & Understanding Modern Electronics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Take an in-depth look into the 21st century’s tremendous technological revolution with this two-course set. Start with the college-level course How to Program: Computer Science Concepts and Python Exercises to learn an accessible programming language that will change how you approach problem solving. Then, discover the easy-to-understand principles that run everyday electronics in Understanding Modern Electronics.
  5. (Set) Robotics & Understanding Modern Electronics Set

    (Set) Robotics & Understanding Modern Electronics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    See the amazing development of robots and other modern electronics with this set of courses. First, dive into the thrilling world of Robotics, and see how robots are changing your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Then, explore resistors, transformers, semiconductors, and more in Understanding Modern Electronics, and get a deeper understanding of how they all work.
  6. (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.