Newton, Roger G. 1924- (Roger Gerhard Newton)

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Newton, Roger G. 1924- (Roger Gerhard Newton)


Born November 30, 1924, in Landsberg/ Warthe, Germany; naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Arthur (a dentist) and Margarete Minna Blanca Neuweg Newton; married Ruth Gordon (a writer), June 18, 1953; children: Julie Newton Cucchi, Rachel Newton Bellow, Paul. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Harvard University, A.B. (summa cum laude), 1949, M.A., 1950, Ph.D., 1953. Religion: Jewish. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, music, gardening.


Home—Bloomington, IN. E-mail—[email protected]


Worked at Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 1953-55; Indiana University—Bloomington, Bloomington, assistant professor, 1955-58, associate professor, 1958-60, professor of physics, beginning 1960, distinguished professor, beginning 1978, now professor emeritus, department head, 1973-80, founding director then director of Institute for Advanced Study, 1982-86. Visiting appointments lecturer at other institutions, including Ohio State University, University of Rome, International School of Physics, University of Montpellier, and University of Geneva. Military service: U.S. Army, 1946-47; served in Japan.


American Physical Society (fellow; chair of Dannie Heineman Prize Committee, 1991), American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow; council delegate, 1986-88), Bloomington Civil Liberties Union (president, 1968; member of board of directors, 1969-72).


Jewett fellow, 1953-55; senior fellow of National Science Foundation, 1962-63; Roger G. Newton Professorship established at Indiana University, 1995.


(Translator, with J. Bernstein) R. von Mises, Positivism, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1951.

The Complex J-Plane, W.A. Benjamin (New York, NY), 1964.

Scattering Theory of Waves and Particles, McGraw Hill (New York, NY), 1966, 2nd edition, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1982.

(Editor, with Robert P. Gilbert) Analytic Methods in Mathematical Physics, Gordon & Breach (New York, NY), 1970.

Inverse Schroedinger Scattering in Three Dimensions, Springer-Verlag (New York, NY), 1989.

What Makes Nature Tick?, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1993.

The Truth of Science, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997.

Thinking about Physics, Princeton University Press, (Princeton, NJ), 2000.

Quantum Physics: A Text for Graduate Students, Springer (New York, NY), 2002.

Galileo's Pendulum: From the Rhythm of Time to the Making of Matter, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2004.

From Clockwork to Crapshoot: A History of Physics, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2007.

Editor, Journal of Mathematical Physics, 1992—; associate editor, Inverse Problems, 1985—, and American Journal of Physics, 1986-88.



Choice, February, 1994, C.A. Hewett, review of What Makes Nature Tick?, p. 964; September, 2000, D.G. Montague, review of Thinking about Physics, p. 171.

Science, April 21, 2000, Chris Quigg, review of Thinking about Physics, p. 447.

Science Teacher, November, 2000, Virginia C. Demchik, review of The Truth of Science, p. 86.

Southern Humanities Review, spring, 1999, James P. Hammersmith, review of The Truth of Science, pp. 207-210.

Times Literary Supplement, November 11, 1994, review of What Makes Nature Tick?, p. 28; May 15, 1998, James W. McAllister, review of The Truth of Science, p. 28.