Walter Lewin

Walter Lewin taught the three core classes in physics at MIT for more than thirty years and made major discoveries in the area of X-ray astronomy. His physics lectures have been the subject of great acclaim, including a 60 Minutes feature, stories in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek and US News and World Report. They have also been top draws on YouTube and iTunes University. He was awarded three prizes for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He has published more than 450 scientific articles, and his honors and awards include the NASA Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, the Alexander von Humboldt Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He became a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1993. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Books by this Author

In For the Love of Physics, beloved MIT professor Walter Lewin, whose riveting physics lectures made him a YouTube super-star, takes readers on a remarkably fun, inventive, and often wacky journey that brings the joys of physics to life.“For the Love of Physics captures Walter Lewin’s extraordinary intellect, passion for physics, and brilliance as a teacher”—Bill Gates. For more than thirty years as a renowned professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewin’s lectures made physics...

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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 fear?

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

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Popeye the Sailor Man

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