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Richard A. Muller    

Author of Physics for Future Presidents; Professor of Physics, University of California, Berkeley. Chair of Berkeley Earth.

Richard Muller is a legendary professor of physics whose life-long mission is to explain current world events with the help of the physical sciences. The result is a set of astounding insights into everything from understanding the ice ages to the latest terrorist threat facing the homeland to the complexities of global warming to the very origins of the universe.

    He is the author of numerous books, most notably Physics for Future Presidents, based on his Berkeley lecture series. Richard's newest book is The Instant Physicist, An Illustrated Guide . With this guide, Richard shows his ability to entertain while readers absorb scientific curiosities.

A prolific researcher, Richard is credited with discoveries that have deepened our understanding of space, the composition of the cosmos, and even the nature of fossils dug up here on earth. In addition, he is a mentor to a generation of young scientists and engineers who are now in the process of reinventing our world.

Richard teaches a prize-winning course — twice voted the best class at Berkeley — in physics aimed at non-science students. He explains the course as an entrée into current world problems and the preparation of tomorrow’s leaders for a technological world —

    "I think of physics as the liberal arts of technology. . . I’m teaching the elementary physics that is most useful for someone who’s trying to live in a technological world, to contribute to that world, and to make correct decisions."

          — The Berkeleyan, 26 February 2003

Richard’s essay "Physics for Future Presidents" is included in The American Academy of Arts and Sciences new volume of Science and the Educated American: A Core Component of Liberal Education, experts describe ways to help institutions of higher learning instill in students a curiosity about science and an appreciation for its profound impact on everyday life.

    His textbook, Physics and Technology for Future Presidents is currently in use at 44 universities around the US and one in Pakistan.

Twenty-six of his lectures from this renowned course can now be viewed on YouTube.

    Richard is the recipient of a MacArthur genius fellowship for his contributions to the study of geology and astrophysics.

He has been a popular columnist for MIT’s Technology Review, where he has applied the lessons of physics to important issues of the day, enticing readers with provocative articles such as "Global Warming Bombshell," "Dirty Bombs," "Airport Insecurity," and even "The Physics of Gluttony."

Richard has been heard on National Public Radio and has recently appeared in the pages of the Wall Street Journal with an op-ed on the challenges of ending global warming. Dr. Muller appeared on The O’Reilly Factor as a key expert during the Japan’s nuclear crisis.

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