Wolfson, R

Areas of Interest

I’m passionate about knowing how the universe works. That’s why I’m a scientist. I’m enthusiastic about sharing that passion with others—especially nonscientists. And I recognize that the findings of science are relevant to understanding human impacts on planet Earth and in debates on the best policies for protecting the environment for ourselves and Earth’s other inhabitants. All these passions inform my enthusiasm for teaching—in the classroom and through public lectures, books, articles, and video courses that bring science to life for nonscientists.


Academic Degrees

BA in Physics & Philosophy, Swarthmore College, 1969.

MS in Environmental Studies, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, 1971. Thesis topic: Environmental Ethics.

Ph.D. in Physics, Dartmouth, 1976. Thesis topic: Astrophysics of cosmic x-ray sources.