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

For the Love of Physics

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

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

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. What’s your best quality?

A. Ability to teach

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Impatience

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

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