Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics and Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus

Prof. Holton  

Jefferson Lab
17 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4474

Gerald Holton obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard as a student of P. W. Bridgman. His chief interests are in the history and philosophy of science, in the physics of matter at high pressure, and in the study of career paths of young scientists.

 Selected Book Publications:

  • Introduction to Concepts and Theories in Physical Science (Addison-Wesley, 1952; 2nd ed., 1973).
  • Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973; rev. ed., 1988).
  • Co-author, The Project Physics Course (with F. James Rutherford & Fletcher Watson, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970, 1981).
  • The Advancement of Science, and its Burdens (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986; rev. ed., Harvard Univ. Press, 1998).
  • Co-editor, Albert Einstein: Historical and Cultural Perspectives (with Yehuda Elkana, Princeton Univ. Press, 1982; Dover, 1997).
  • Science and Anti-Science (Harvard Univ. Press, 1993)
  • Scientific Imagination (Harvard Univ. Press, 1998).
  • Einstein, History, and Other Passions (Addison-Wesley, 1996; Harvard University Press, 2000).
  • Physics, The Human Adventure: From Copernicus to Einstein and Beyond (with S. G. Brush, Rutgers University Press, 2001).
  • Understanding Physics (with D. Cassidy and J. Rutherford, Springer-Verlag New York, 2002).
  • Victory and Vexation in Science: Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, and Others. (Harvard Univ. Press, 2005).
  • Co-editor, Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art and Modern Culture (with Peter L. Galison & Silvan S. Schweber, Princeton Univ. Press, 2008).

 With Gerhard Sonnert:

  • Gender Differences in Science Careers: The Project Access Study (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
  • Who Succeeds in Science? The Gender Dimension (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995).
  • Ivory Bridges: Connecting Science and Society (MIT Press, 2002).
  • What Happened to the Children Who Fled Nazi Persecution? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
  • Helping Young Refugees and Immigrants Succeed: Public Policy, Aid, and Education (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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