How the Hippies Saved Physics: About the Author

Photograph of David Kaiser, by Donna Coveney

David Kaiser is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of Physics. He completed Ph.D.s in theoretical physics and the history of science at Harvard University.

His work has been featured in such magazines as Science, Nature, Harper’s, Scientific American, and the London Review of Books; on National Public Radio and NOVA television programs; and in specialist journals in physics and history. Kaiser is author of the award-winning book, Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), which traces how Richard Feynman’s idiosyncratic approach to quantum theory entered the mainstream.

In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Other honors include the Leroy Apker award from the American Physical Society; the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society for best book in the field; the Harold Edgerton Faculty Achievement Award from MIT; and several teaching awards from Harvard and MIT.

His MIT website, featuring many of his other publications, is online here.

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Author photograph by Donna Coveney. Website designed by Alex Wellerstein.