Author Revealed

About Walter Lewin

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 1/29

Q. Previous occupations

A. Physics Teacher at the Libanon Lyceum in Rotterdam (5 years), Research Assistant in Nuclear Physics at the University of Delft (5 years) in The Netherlands, Postdoc at MIT (6 monts), Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT, Cambridge, MA (2 years), Associate Professor at MIT (5 years), Full Professor since 1974, retired in 2009

Q. Favorite job

A. Professor of Physics at MIT

Q. High school and/or college

A. High school: Grotius Lyceum, The Hague, the Netherlands. College: University of Delft, the Netherlands.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. J.S. Bach, John Cage - Pierre Boulez

Q. Favorite movie

A. The General (Buster Keaton)

Q. Favorite television show

A. Documenturies on the History Channel

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?


Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. What counts is not what you cover but what you uncover

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. It does not exist

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Nuclear War and Genocide (as an example six million Jews were murdered by the Germans in the Holocaust)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. at Shannochville in Coventry, Connecticut, USA

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Bill Gates (because of his unprecedented philanthropy)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. To make millions of people all over the world love physics and to make them look at the world in a new way.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Ability to teach

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I would like to be Duchamp's urinal (1917)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Eccentricity

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Popeye the Sailor Man

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Pius  XII"why did you never speak out against the holocaust?"

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. My house is a museum full of art - pets don't fit in

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Professor of Physics at MIT

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Professor of Physics at Harvard (hahaha)

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Intelligence, Loyalty and Cultured

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. My Lord (Edith Piaf), Marieke (Jacques Brel), Suzanne (Leonard Cohen), Ruhe sanfte, sanfte Ruh'(J.S. Bach) St Mathhew's Passion, Bess You is my woman now (Porgy and Bess) George Gershwin

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Frank McCourtHemmingwayLouis CouperusEduard Douwes Dekker (Multatuli)Gerard ReveHarry MulishUmberto EcoJohn SteinbeckWillem ElsschotAnton TsjechovDostoyevsky

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Kaas by Willem Elsschot