I have taught physics at Pomona College since 1987, after teaching at Carleton College and Luther College. Since I began research work at Yale in 1978, my research specialty has been gravitational waves in the theory of general relativity. Since my involvement with the Introductory University Physics Project starting in 1987, I have also been very interested in physics education. I have written three textbooks, A General Relativity Workbook, Six Ideas That Shaped Physics, and A Traveler’s Guide to Spacetime. I teach a variety of courses at Pomona: the courses I am teaching this semester (Spring 2014) are

  • Physics 71 (Introduction to Classical Mechanics)
  • Physics 72 (Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism)
  • Physics 175 (Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics)
  • Physical Education 30  (Contra Dance)

My hobbies are hiking, reading, contra dancing, and traditional Irish fiddle. My wife is a pastor at the San Dimas Community Church (United Church of Christ) and I have two adult daughters, Allison and Brittany.