Dr. Robert P. Crease

Dr. Robert P. Crease

 Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy department, Stony Brook University aka State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 11794

  Co-Editor-in-Chief of Physics in Perspective; More information at Physics in Perspective

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  Monthly columnist for “Critical Point,” for Physics World magazine, on the philosophy and history of science exploring the relationships between physics, philosophy, art and society. Although “Critical Point” is named for the point on a pressure–temperature phase diagram where phase boundaries vanish, Crease (as regular readers know) also makes plenty of “critical points” in the more literary or philosophical sense.
  Written, translated, or edited over a dozen books 📖 📚 on history and philosophy of science 🧬 🧫 🧪 .
  His articles and reviews have appeared in the The Atlantic Monthly, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsday and elsewhere.

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TEDX CERN talk: “Why Don’t Scientists Have More Authority in Government?”


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Matte red sphere bullet  Ph.D. in Philosophy, Columbia University, 1987
Matte red sphere bullet  B.A., Amherst College, 1976


Bright red shiny button bullet  2006-2012, 2017 to present, Chair of the Philosophy Department SUNY Stony Brook
Bright red shiny button bullet  2005 Spring, Acting Chair, Philosophy Department SUNY Stony Brook
Bright red shiny button bullet  1997-1998​ Director, Stony Brook University Graduate Program, Philosophy Department


Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 2018 to present, Board of Directors, Gathering4Gardner

Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right  2016-2017 Chair, Forum on the History of Physics, American Physical Society (Vice-Chair 2015-2016)

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Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 2014 to present Co-Editor-in-Chief, Physics in Perspective (Springer)

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Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 2011 to present Editor, Newsletter for Forum on the History of Physics, American Physical Society


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Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 2002-2003 Senior Fellow, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology

Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 2000 to present Professor, SUNY Stony Brook
Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 1994-2000  Associate Professor, SUNY Stony Brook
Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 1988-94​​ Assistant Professor, SUNY Stony Brook
Sideways yellow cartoon lightning bolt pointing right 1987-1988 Visiting Professor, SUNY Stony Brook


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Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2016 Grant-in-Aid, American Institute of Physics, for Oral history interview of Toichiro Kinoshita

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2013 First Prize, Stony Brook 2012-2013 Science Playwriting Competition, for “Trust Territory”

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2008 Fulbright Fellowship, German Studies Seminar on Science and Policy, Berlin/Brussels

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  June, 2007 Elected a Fellow, American Physical Society, Washington

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2007 Elected a Fellow, Institute of Physics, London

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2006-2008 Templeton Research Lectures 3-year grant, “Trust in Science and Religion”

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2007 Stony Brook University Interfaith Center Partnership Award

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  2004 William H. McLean Visiting Scholar, Collegiate School

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  1999, 2000 SBU-BNL Seed Grant, “Science Studies at Stony Brook”

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  1998 Co-PI for NSF Grant No. 431-0807A, for “Social Dimensions of Science” Course, in Project WISE (Women in Science and Engineering)

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  1994-1996 Faculty Associate for 3-Year NSF Grant (PI Ted Goldfarb) “Science and Ethics in the High School Classroom”

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  1979-1980 Fulbright/Hays Full Grant for Study in Belgium

Purple button surrounded by gray ring  1977-1979 National Defense and Area Studies Award (Language: Dutch)


Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Alan Alda Center Steering Committee, 2014 to present

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Search Committee, VP for Research, 2011, 2014

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Executive Committee, American Physical Society Forum on History of Physics, 2010 to present

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Chairman, Provost Search Committee, 2007

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  American Institute of Physics History Committee (2000-2003)

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  American Physical Society Task Force on Preservation of Referee Reports (1999 to present)

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Brookhaven Lecture Committee (1994-2000); Chair 1997-1999, Secretary 1995-1997

Round mostly green serigraph button bullet  Institutional Review Board (IRB), Brookhaven National Laboratory (1998-1999)


Plum sphere bullet  Columnist for Physics World, 2000 to present

Plum sphere bullet  Founder, Laboratory History Conferences, which met approximately biennially since 1999.

Plum sphere bullet  Contributor to: Encyclopedia Britannica, American National Biography, New Dictionary of Scientific Biography


A. Authored and Co-Authored Books:

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Workshop and the World: The Evolving Relation Between Science and Society, W. W. Norton, March 26, 2019.

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“Examines key thinkers throughout history who shaped public perception of science and the role of authority. When does a scientific discovery become accepted fact? Who decides? And how should everyday citizens interact with the scientific process—“the workshop”? The book answers these questions by introducing ten of the world’s greatest thinkers and explaining how they shaped scientific progress. At a time when the Catholic Church assumed total authority, Bacon, Galileo, and Descartes were the first to articulate the ideas of scientific expertise, while writers such as Shelley and Comte questioned the scientific process itself. Centuries later, scholars such as Atatürk and Arendt examined the relationship between the scientific community and the public—especially in times of deep distrust in experts. An exploration of what it means to practice science for the common good and who can question expertise, this book helps readers understand how this current moment of great anti-science rhetoric came about and what can be done about it.”

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765): Scientist in Politically Turbulent Times, with Vladimir Shiltsev, manuscript in progress 2018.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  Philosophy of Physics.  Institute of Physics (IOP) ebook, content delivered, forthcoming 2017.


Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Quantum Moment, by Robert P. Crease and Alfred S. Goldhaber.  W. W. Norton, 2014 This book originated in an innovative class that Crease and Goldhaber taught at Stony Brook University for six years, about the impact of quantum mechanics — real and fanciful — on philosophy, culture, and life.  Translations: Japanese, Czech.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  World in the Balance: The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement, W.W. Norton, 2011. Translations: Portuguese (Zahar, 2013), Chinese (forthcoming).

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“The story of the invention of a global network of weights, scales, and instruments for measurement, from the flutes used to measure distance in the dynasties of ancient China to the British imperial systems, World in the Balance traces the evolution of measurement, weaving in stories of historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Charles S. Peirce, showing the strange and integral part measurement plays throughout history.”


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Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Great Equations: Breakthroughs in Science from Pythagoras to Heisenberg, W.W. Norton, January 2009. Translation: Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Hebrew.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life, by Abraham Pais, with supplemental material by Robert P. Crease.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science, NY: Random House, 2003. Translatinos:  Japanese (Nikkei 2006), Chinese Citè, 2006), Portuguese/Brazil (Zahar 2006), Portuguese/Portugal (Europa-América 2006), Spanish (Crítica 2006).

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  Making Physics: A Biography of Brookhaven National Laboratory 1946-1972, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  Peace and War: Reminiscences of a Life at the Frontiers of Science, by Robert Serber with Robert P. Crease.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.  Japanese translation 2016.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Play of Nature: Experimentation as Performance, Indiana University Press, 1993.

Black with some gray sphere button bullet  The Second Creation: Makers of the Revolution in 20th Century Physics, by Robert P. Crease and Charles C. Mann.  New York, Macmillan, 1986; reproduced Rutgers University Press, 1996.

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B. Edited Works and Translations:

Shiny round red button bullet  History of Materials Science: Institutions, World Scientific, forthcoming 2019.

Shiny round red button bullet  The New Big Science: Seminal Changes in the Research Ecology in US National Labs, ed. by Robert P. Crease and Catherine Westfall, forthcoming 2019.

Shiny round red button bullet  Technoscience and Postphenomenology: The Manhattan Papers, ed. by Jan K. B. Friis and Robert P. Crease, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2015.

Shiny round red button bullet  Science Policy Up Close, by John H. Marburger III, edited by Robert P. Crease.  Harvard University Press, 2015.

Shiny round red button bullet  The Philosophy of Expertise, ed. E. Selinger and Robert P. Crease.  Columbia University Press, 2006; Chinese Translation, China Science Publishing, 2015.

Shiny round red button bullet  What Things Do, by P. P. Verbeek, Dutch trans. by Robert P. Crease, Penn State University Press, 2005.

Shiny round red button bullet  American Philosophy of Technology, by Hans Achterhuis, trans. from the Dutch by Robert P. Crease.  Indiana University Press, 2001.

Shiny round red button bullet  Hermeneutics and the Natural Sciences, ed. Robert P. Crease.  Kluwer 1997.  A reprint of Man and World 30:3, of which he was guest-editor.

Shiny round red button bullet  Dialectic and Difference: Finitude in Modern Thought, by Jacques Taminiaux.  Ed. and tr. from the French by Robert P. Crease and James T. Decker.  Humanities Press, 1985.

Shiny round red button bullet  Vico in English: A Bibliography of Writings by and About Giambattista Vico (1668-1744), Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press, 1978.

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C. Select Articles since 2000 (For select articles before 2000)

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Populist Movements and Mistrust of Experts” (commissioned).  Oxford Handbook of Expertise, ed. Gil Eyal and Tom Medvetz.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Fueling Peter’s Mill: Mikhail Lomonosov’s Educational Training in Russia and Germany, 1731-1741, Physics in Perspective, forthicoming 2018.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “On Not Being Able to Dance: The Interring,” Phenomenology and Performance Itself, ed. by Stuart Grant, Jodie McNeilly-Renaudie, and Matthew Wagner, Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Synchrotron Sources,” in Instruments in Materials Research, ed. Joseph D. Martin, World Scientific, forthcoming 2019.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765): Scientist in Politically Turbulent Times” (with Vladimir Shiltsev), Il Nuovo Saggiatore 33:5-6 (2017), pp. 41-54.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png The Physical Tourist: Francis Bacon’s London,” in Physics in Perspective 19, 2017, pp. 291-306, or “The Physical Tourist: Francis Bacon’s London”.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Arendt and the Authority of Science in Politics,” Arendt Studies, 1:1 43-60, 2017, DOI: 10.5840/arendtstudies20176191.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Do-It-Yourself Humanities,” The Chronicle Review, February 3, 2017, B9-10.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Missing Ihde,” in Techne: Research in Philosophy and Technology 20:2, 2016, Philosophy Documentation Center, Techne: Online First.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Forum on the History of Physics,” AIP History Newsletter 48:2, 2016, p. 4.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The New Big Science” (with Catherine Westfall), Physics Today 69, 5, 30, 2016.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Yang-Mills for Historians and Philosophers,” Modern Physics Letters A, 31:7, 2016; reprinted in 60 Years of Yang-Mills Gauge Field Theories: C. N. Yang’s Contributions to Physics, L. Brink and K. K. Phua, eds, World Scientific 2016, pp. 377-386.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Introduction” to The Iconic Wall, catalogue for the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics exhibition of that name.  Simons Center Gallery, 2015.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Theory and Theoretical Objects in an Existential/Hermeneutic Conception of Science,” in Debating Cognitive Existentialism: Values and Orientations in Hermeneutic Philosophy of Science, ed. D. Ginev, Brill, 2015, pp. 53-64.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Two Paths for Continental Philosophy of Science,” Journal of Dialectics of Nature, 37:1, 2015, pp. 111-119.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The Metroscape: Phenomenology of Measurement,” in B. Babich and D. Ginev (eds.), The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Contributions to Phenomenology, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2014.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The Beauty of Equations,” in G. Hart and R. Sarhangi, eds., Proceedings of the 2013 Bridges Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, Tessellations Publishing, 2013, pp. 19-26.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Pomor Polymath: The Upbringing of Mikhail Vasilyevich Lomonosov, 1711-1730,” with Vladimir Shiltsev, in Physics in Perspective, 2013.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png Response to Ginev, “Scrutinizing Scientism from a Hermeneutic Point of View”, in Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 2 (6), 2013, 18-22.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Response,” contribution to a Book Symposium on Robert P. Crease, World in the Balance, in Philosophy & Technology, 26:2, 2013.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Theory and Theoretical Objects in an Existential/Hermeneutic Conception of Science,” in Balkan Journal of Philosophy, 4:1, 2012, 121-130.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Art of the Quantum Moment,” with Alfred S. Goldhaber, in G. Hart and R. Sarhangi, eds., Proceedings of the 2012 Bridges Conference,  Phoenix, Arizona, Tessellations Publishing, 2012.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Biographical Memoir: Maurice Goldhaber,” in National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences, 2012.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Phenomenology and Natural Science,” Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2012.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Biographical Memoir: Abraham Pais,” in National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences, 2011.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Physical Sciences,” in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, ed. Frodeman et al., New York: Oxford UP, 2010; 2nd edition, 2017.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Trust, Expertise, and the Philosophy of Science (with Kyle Powys Whyte), Synthese 177, No. 3, pp. 411-425, 2010.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The Discovery of Dark Energy: Historical Reflections,” Sources and Detection of Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe, Proceedings of the 8th UCLA Symposium, Marina del Rey, California, 20-22 February 2008, Melville, New York: AIP Conference Proceedings 2009, pp. 87-94.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Charles Sanders Peirce and the First Absolute Measurement Standard,” Physics Today, December, 2009, pp. 39-44.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Duchamp!,” Physics World, December, 2009, pp. 28-33.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The National Synchrotron Light Source, Part II: The Bakeout,” Physics in Perspective 11, 2009, 15-45.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Covariant Realism,” Human Affairs, 19:2, June 2009, 223-232.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Recombinant Science: The Birth of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC),” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, 38:4, 2008, 535-568.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The National Synchrotron Light Source, Part I: Bright Idea,” Physics in Perspective 10, 2008, 438-467.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Biographical Memoir: Robert Serber 1909-1997,” in National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoirs, 2008, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C..

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Foucault’s Pendulum,” in Sherry Turkle (ed.), Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, MIT Press, 2007, pp. 288-294.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Technique” (with John Lutterbie) in Staging Philosophy, ed. D. Saltz and D. Krasner, University of Michigan Press, 2006, pp. 160-179.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “From Workbench to Cyberstage,” in Postphenomenology: A Critical Companion to Ihde, ed. E. Selinger.  Albany: SUNY Press, 2006, pp. 221-229.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Quenched!  The ISABELLE Saga, Part 1,” Physics in Perspective 7, Sept. 2005, pp. 330-376.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Quenched!  The ISABELLE Saga, Part 2,”  Physics in Perspective 7, Dec. 2005.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Oppenheimer and the Sense of the Tragic,” in Cathryn Carson and David A Hollinger (eds.), Reappraising Oppenheimer, Berkeley: Berkeley Papers in the History of Science, Vol. 21, 2005, pp. 315-323.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “E=MC2,” School Science Review, special Einstein Edition, March 2005.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Energy in the History and Philosophy of Science,” Encyclopedia of Energy, Vol. 2.  Elsevier (2004), pp. 417-421.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Philosophy of Science: How Science Moves,” in The Folio: A Journal for Focusing and Experiential Therapy, 19:1, 2004, 32-42.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Inquiry and Performance: Analogies and Identities Between the Arts and the Sciences.” Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 28:4 (2003), 266-272.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Exploring Animate Form: A Review Essay,” Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2, 69-83, 2003.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Dreyfus on Expertise: The Limits of Phenomenological Analysis” (with Evan Selinger), Continental Philosophy Review, 35:3, 2003.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Fallout: Issues in the Study, Treatment, and Reparations of Exposed Marshall Islanders,” in Exploring Diversity in the Philosophy of Science and Technology, ed. by Robert Figueroa and Sandra Harding, Routledge, 2003, pp. 106-125.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “The Pleasures of Popular Dance,” Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, 2003.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png “Experimental Life: Heelan on Quantum Mechanics.”  Festschrift for P. Heelan, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Kluwer, 2002.  

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, “Critical Issues in the Writing of Laboratory History.”  Proceedings of the Second Conference on Laboratory History, Catherine Westfall, (ed.),  Newport News: Jefferson Laboratory, 2002.

BlackObsidianArrowBullet1.png Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, “Anxious History: The High Flux Beam Reactor and Brookhaven National Laboratory,” Historical Studies in the Physical and Biological Sciences, 32:1, 2001, 41-56.

Robert P. Crease's quantum thinking dog

D. Encyclopedia Entries

Earth globe bullet  Encyclopedia of Modernism: “The Savoy Ballroom” 2014.

Earth globe bullet  Macmillan Reference Encyclopedia Discoveries in Modern Science: “Dark Energy” 2014.

Earth globe bullet  Encyclopedia of Energy, Kluwer. “Energy in the History and Philosophy of Science.” 2005.

Earth globe bullet  Macmillan Encyclopedia of Physics, “Brookhaven National Laboratory” 2005.

Earth globe bullet  Encyclopedia of New York State.  “Brookhaven National Laboratory,” 2005.  

Earth globe bullet  “Jazz and Dance,” in The Cambridge Companion to Jazz, ed. Mervyn Cook and David Horn, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 69-80.

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Earth globe bullet  “Jazz and Dance,” in The Oxford Companion to Jazz, ed. Bill Kirchner, Oxford University Press, 2000, pp. 696-705.

Earth globe bullet  Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook of Science and the Future. Crease wrote the “Overview” article for this Yearbook every year between 1990 and 2000 (the final issue of the Yearbook before it was discontinued).

Earth globe bullet  American National Biography (1999).  Entries for the African-American jazz dancers: Leon James, Albert Minns, Pete Nugent, Eddie Rector, and Earl “Snake Hips” Tucker.

Earth globe bullet  Encyclopedia of American Biography (1995).  Entries for Nobel laureates in physics: Sheldon Glashow; Steven Weinberg.

Robert P. Crease lecturing e=mc2

E. Columns, “Critical Point”

Since May, 2000, in Physics World magazine, Crease has written a monthly column called “Critical Point,” discussing different social dimensions of physics.

  “Why Science Thrives on Criticism,” May 2000, 17-18
  “Dedications: That’s What You Need,” June 2000, 19-20
  “Case of the Deadly Strangelets,” July 2000, 19-20
  “The Dangers of Voodoo Science,” August 2000, 17
  “The Competitive Edge in Science,” September 2000, 17
  “The Art and Artistry of Textbooks,” October 2000, 18
  “Physics, Metaphorically Speaking,” November 2000, 17
  “A Top Ten for Science and Society,” December 2000, 17

  “Science and The Simpsons,” January 2001, 19
  “Do Physics and Politics Mix?  February 2001, 17
  “Revenge of the Science Writer,” March 2001, 17
  “Solutions to the Scientific Divide,” April 2001, 16
  “Crackpots and Their Convictions,” May 2001, 14
  “Labs as Crucibles of Uncertainty,” July 2001, 16
  “True Tritium Tales,” August 2001, 18
  “The Tragedy of William Sweet,” September 2001, 18
  “What’s Your Philosophy?” October 2001, 18
green button bullet  “Ensuring Science Has a History,” November 2001, 16
  “Too Confident About Uncertainty,” December 2001, 18

  “Compromising Peer Review,” January 2002, 17
  “Horror Stories That Grow Legs,” February 2002, 15
  “Impedances That Hinder Women,” March 2002, 20
  “This is Your Philosophy,” April 2002, 15-7
  “The Most Beautiful Experiment,” May 2002, 17
  “Edward Teller: Friend and Foe,” June 2002, 19
  “What Does Energy Really Mean?”  July 2002, 15
  “Dirty Bombs Spark War of Words,” August 2002, 17
  “The Most Beautiful Experiment,” September 2002, 17-8
  “Manufacturing Firsts in Physics,” October 2002, 16
  “Much More Than Pretty Pictures,” November 2002, 19
  “Finding the Flaw in Falsifiability,” December 2002, 15

green button bullet  “The Many Roads to Leadership,” January 2003, 16
green button bullet  “The Legend of the Leaning Tower,” February 2003, 15
green button bullet  “The Rosalind Franklin Question,” March 2003, 17
green button bullet  “The Newton-Beethoven Analogy,” April 2003, 16
green button bullet  “Deserving Better Science,” May 2003, 17
green button bullet  “Numbers Count in All Amounts,” June 2003, 17
green button bullet  “Foucault’s Pendulum,” July 2003, 17
green button bullet  “IBM Gears Up for Gene Challenge,” August 17
green button bullet  “So You Think Physics is Funny?” September 2003, 19
green button bullet  “The Press is a Foreign Country,” October 2003, 18
green button bullet  “The Advantage of Togetherness,” November 2003, 17
green button bullet  “The Best Physics Humour Ever,” December 2003, 14-15

green button bullet  “That’s the Way Things Go,” January, 2004
green button bullet  “The Thing About Rainbows,” February 2004, 16
green button bullet  “The Paradox of Trust in Science,” March 2004, 18
green button bullet  “The Oppenheimer Tragedy,” April 2004, 15
green button bullet  “The Greatest Equations Ever,” May 2004, 17
green button bullet  “Dealing With Cassandras,” June 2004, 16
green button bullet  “Critical Reflections,” July 2004, 14
green button bullet  “Proteins, Art and Science,” August 2004, 18
green button bullet  “CERN, the US and the W,” September 2004, 15
green button bullet  “The Greatest Equations,” October 2004, 14-15
green button bullet  “The November Revolution,” November 2004
green button bullet “The Health Effects of Radiation,” December 2004

green button bullet  “The King is Dead.  Long Live the King!” January 2005
green button bullet  “Surviving Graduate School,” February 2005
green button bullet  “A Physicist Whose Mind Thawed,” March 2005
green button bullet  “Gamma-ray Bursters in a New Light,” April 2005
green button bullet  “Are Accelerators Dangerous?” May 2005
green button bullet  “The Appeal of Rube Goldberg,” June 2005, 19
green button bullet  “Lessons from Graduate School,” July 2005
green button bullet  “Judging the Bomb Builders,” August 2005
green button bullet  “Anosognosia,” September 2005, 19
green button bullet  “Intelligent Design,” October 2005, 19
green button bullet    November 2005 – no column
green button bullet  “General Relativity,” December 2005, 16-17


green button bullet  “Pythagoras,” January 2006, 15 ,
green button bullet  “Curing Anosognosia,” February 2006, 18
green button bullet  “F=ma,” March 2006
green button bullet  “Off-hand Remarks,” April 2006, 14
green button bullet  “Top Papers,” May 2006, 14
green button bullet  “Just a Theory,” June 2006 ,
green button bullet  “The Retirement Problem,” July 2006, 14
green button bullet  “Impedance Matching,” August 2006
green button bullet  “Science as Drama,” September 2006
green button bullet  “Tackling LHC Anxieties,” October 2006
green button bullet  “Physics Legends,” November 2006
green button bullet  “The Book of Nature,” December 2006

green button bullet  “The Lost Art of the Letter,” January 2007
green button bullet  “Physics Legends,” February 2007
green button bullet  “Equations as Icons,” March 2007
green button bullet  “Science Bloopers,” April 2007
green button bullet  “Tale of Two Anniversaries,” May 2007
green button bullet  “Science Bloopers II,” June 2007
green button bullet  “No-way Physics,” July 2007
green button bullet  “Experts,” August 2007
green button bullet  “Governing Science”, September 2007
green button bullet  “Gravitation,” October 2007
green button bullet  “Citizen Science,” November 2007
green button bullet  “Dark Energy,” December 2007

green button bullet  “The Last of its Breed,” January 2008
green button bullet  “Constant Failure,” February 2008
green button bullet  “A Mind of Her Own,” March 2008
green button bullet  “Lab Architecture,” April 2008
green button bullet  “The Bohr Paradox,” May 2008
green button bullet  “A Passion for Boats,” June 2008
green button bullet  “A Gathering for Gardner,” July 2008
green button bullet  “A Question of Trust,” August 2008
green button bullet  “Quantum of Culture,” Sept. 2008
green button bullet  “Beauty and the Beast,” November 2008
green button bullet  “Shifty Constants,” December 2008

green button bullet  “Science Toys,” January 2009
green button bullet  “Journeys to Greatness,” February 2009
green button bullet  “Sites for New Eyes,” March 2009
green button bullet  “Making Physics Popular,” April 2009
green button bullet  “Two Cultures Turns 50,” May 2009
green button bullet  “The Power of Robotics,” June 2009
green button bullet  “The Call of the Wild,” July, 2009
green button bullet  “Religion Explained,” August, 2009
green button bullet  “Your Best Unit,” September, 2009
green button bullet    No column, special issue, October, 2009
green button bullet  “The Lure of Synchrotrons,” November, 2009
green button bullet  “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Duchamp!,” December, 2009

green button bullet  January, 2010: “Priority battles” ,
green button bullet  February, 2010: “Your Favorite Units” ,
green button bullet  March, 2010: “Communicating Science” ,
green button bullet  April, 2010: “Dealing with Doomsday” ,
green button bullet  May, 2010: No column, special issue
green button bullet  June, 2010: “Discovering Dark Matter”
green button bullet  July, 2010: “Missed Metric Moment”
green button bullet  August, 2010: “Discovery with Statistics”
green button bullet  September, 2010: “Body Talk”
green button bullet  October, 2010: “Nuclear Fear Revisited”
green button bullet  November, 2010: “Bronx Physics”
green button bullet  December, 2010: “Au Revoir, Kilogram”

green button bullet  January, 2011: “Pyramid Metrologists”
green button bullet  February, 2011: “Gyrangle”
green button bullet  March, 2011: “Metrology in the Balance,” pp. 39-45.
green button bullet  April, 2011: “The Dark-Energy Game”
green button bullet  May, 2011: “Probing Potential Ph.d.’s”
green button bullet  June, 2011: “To Change the World”
green button bullet  July, 2011: “Chinese Metrology”
green button bullet  August, 2011: “Philosophy Rules”
green button bullet  September, 2011: “Leading by Example”
green button bullet  October, 2011: “Evaluating Evaluations”
green button bullet  November, 2011: “Mikhail Who?”
green button bullet  December, 2011: “Otherworldly Tales”

green button bullet  January, 2012: “Presidential Pledges”
green button bullet  February, 2012: “Fruitloopery”
green button bullet  March, 2012: “Measuring the Earth”
green button bullet  April, 2012: “The Cat that Never Dies”
green button bullet  May, 2012: “Atmospheric Tales”
green button bullet  June, 2012: “Quantum Guidebooks”
green button bullet  July, 2012: “Sporting Knowledge”
green button bullet  August, 2012: “Transit Watching”
green button bullet  September, 2012: “One Amazing Moment”
green button bullet  October, 2012: “How to Vote”
green button bullet  November, 2012: “Primate Physics”
green button bullet  December, 2012: “Physics and Painting”

green button bullet  January, 2013: “Identity Physics”
green button bullet  February, 2013: “Game-Show Science”
green button bullet  March, 2013: “The Quantum Moment”
green button bullet  April, 2013: “Measuring Culture”
green button bullet  May, 2013: “Why Humour Matters”
green button bullet  June, 2013: “The New Idols”
green button bullet  July, 2013: “The Treiman Effect”
green button bullet  August, 2013: “Just-in-time Physics”
green button bullet  September, 2013: “Dramatizing Physics”
green button bullet  October, 2013.  No column; special 25th anniversary issue
green button bullet  November, 2013: “Deciding with Science”
green button bullet  December, 2013:  “Longing for Laputa”

green button bullet  January, 2014: “Moving the Goalposts”
green button bullet  February, 2014: “The Spot in the Shadow”
green button bullet  March, 2014: “Feynman’s Failings”
green button bullet  April, 2014: “Patenting Science”
green button bullet  May, 2014: “Why Don’t They Listen?”
green button bullet  June, 2014: “Nanoethical Concerns”
green button bullet  July, 2014:  “Mathematical Bridges”
green button bullet  August, 2014:  “Gardening in Space”
green button bullet  September, 2014:  “The Right Questions”
green button bullet  October, 2014:  “Celebrating the Mind”
green button bullet  November, 2014:  “Bell’s Theorem Still Tolls”
green button bullet  December, 2014:  “Literature of the Lab”

green button bullet  January, 2015:  “Shutdowns and Startups”
green button bullet  February, 2015: “Art and the Quantum Moment”
green button bullet  March, 2015: “Kaleidoholic”
green button bullet  April, 2015: “Fight Over Light”
green button bullet  May, 2015: “15 Years and Counting”
green button bullet  June, 2015: “Black Elephants”
green button bullet  July, 2015: “Lab Lit Revealed”
green button bullet  August, 2015: “Better Science Policy”
green button bullet  September, 2015: “Physics Logos”
green button bullet  October, 2015: “From Wrong to Right”
green button bullet  November, 2015: “Cooking Bacon”
green button bullet  December, 2015: “Logo Motives”

green button bullet  January, 2016: “A Timely Matter”
green button bullet  February, 2016: “Peer Review’s Value”
green button bullet  March, 2016: “Diversifying Utopia”
green button bullet  April, 2016: “Storytelling Matters”
green button bullet  May, 2016:  “Meet the Topaholic”
green button bullet  June, 2016: “Guarding Integrity”
green button bullet  July, 2016: “See Like a Solar System”
green button bullet  August, 2016: “In Praise of Descartes”
green button bullet  September, 2016: “Fighting Science Denial”
green button bullet  October, 2016: “Unknown Unknowns”
green button bullet  November, 2016: “Brewing Coffee”
green button bullet  December, 2016:”Franken-Physics” ,

green button bullet  January, 2017: “This Time It’s Different”
green button bullet  February, 2017: “Joel’s Conference”
green button bullet  March, 2017: “Interstate Discomfort”
green button bullet  April, 2017: “The Sound of Trust”
green button bullet  May, 2017: “Entry Denied”
green button bullet  June, 2017: “Of Minds and Marches”
green button bullet  July, 2017: “Whose Cave Is It?”
green button bullet  August, 2017: “Oh America!”
green button bullet  September, 2017: “Making Space”
green button bullet  October, 2017: “The Scientific Sublime”

In 1986-87, Crease wrote a regular column, “On Science,” for Columbia, the Columbia University Alumni Magazine (6 issues).

F. Editorials, Physics in Perspective

Physics in Perspective book cover  Crease has co-written an editorial with Peter Pesic and Joseph Martin for every issue of Physics in Perspective, with the exception of a few guest editorials.  For instance:

Shiny red button bullet   “Editorial,” 16:1

Shiny red button bullet   ​“The Feynman Lectures, Fifty Years On,” 16:2.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Reading Physics Closely,” 16:3.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Physics and Music,” 16:4.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“But Is It Science?” 17:1.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Whose History Is It?” 17:2.

Shiny red button bullet   “Explorers and Settlers,” 17:3.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Do Physics Conferences Still Matter?”  18:1.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Physics Global and Local” 18:2.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Meeting the Challenge of the New Big Science” 18:3.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Megascience” 18:4.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Immigrant Physics,” 19:1.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Gonzo History,” 19:2.

Shiny red button bullet   ​“Where is the Physics Frontier?”19:3.

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G. Editorials & Reviews, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Nature, etc.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Do You Philosophize?,” Physics World, Oct 17, 2018.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “A Rational Reductionist Argues his Case,” review of Steven Weinberg, Third Thoughts, Nature, 560, August 2, 2018, p. 28.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Preface” to Grade 4-grade 12 Exchange Book, Gathering4Gardner, 2018, Vol. 1, p. 5.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology: Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene, by Vincent Blok, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, forthcoming.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Final Ascent of Physics,” review of Special Relativity and Classical Field Theory: The Theoretical Minimum,” by Leonard Susskind and Art Friedman, Nature, September 21, 2017, pp. 331-332.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds, Nature, August 3, 2017, p. 30.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Why Does Alec Baldwin Hate Science?,” Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2017, A17.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Revelations of Fundamental Science,” review of The Greatest Story Ever Told . . . So Far, by Lawrence M. Krauss, Nature, 544, April 6, 2017, p. 34.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Getting On the Grid,” review of Zero Degrees, by Charles W. J. Withers.  Wall Street Journal, 18-19, March 2017, p. C6.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Theoretical Physics: Windows on the Weird,” review of Reality is Not What it Seems, Nature, October 6, 2016.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Material to Meaning,” review of The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself, by Sean Carroll, Nature, 533, May 5, 2016, p. 34.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of The Observable: Heisenberg’s Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics, Physics in Perspective 18:1, 2016.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “The Second Big Bang,” review of The Invention of Science, by David Wootton.  The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2015, p. C15.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex, by Michael Hiltzik.  The New York Times Sunday Book Review, July 19, 2015, p. 1.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Two Shades of Physics,” review of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics and Physics: A Short History from Quintessence to Quarks, Nature 526, October 1, 2015. 

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Unshadowed Lens on the Past,” review of To Explain the World, by Steven Weinberg, Nature, 518, 300, February 18, 2015.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Enigma Variations,” review of the movies The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything, Nature, 515, November 13, 2015, pp. 195-96.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Cultural Vandalism in America,” Project Syndicate, 2015.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Why Don’t Scientists Have More Authority in Government?,”  TEDxCERN talk, 2014.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “A Requiem for Technocracy,” Project Syndicate, 2014.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Making Sense of Oppenheimer,” review of Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center, by Ray Monk, Physics World, December 2013, pp. 8-9.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  String Theory and the Scientific Method, by Richard Dawid, American Physical Society Forum for History of Physics Newsletter, Fall 2013, p. 13.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Science Under the Nazis,” Review of Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics under Hitler, by Philip Ball, Nature 502, 2013, pp. 441-442.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “A Cosmological Life,” review of My Brief History: A Memoir, by Stephen Hawking, and Hawking, a documentary film, Nature 501 p. 162, 2013.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Dogmatism in Science and Medicine: How Dominant Theories Monopolize Research and Stifle the Search for Truth, by Henry H. Bauer, forthcoming, Metascience, 2013.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Rebel Without a Pause,” review of Phillip Schewe, Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson, Nature 494, 311, 2013.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Scientific Mythbusting,” review of Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and other Myths, by Alberto Martínez, Metascience 22, 2013, pp. 509-511.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of On the Cucumber Tree: Scenes from the Life of an Itinerant Jobbing Scientist, by Peter Day. American Physical Society Forum for History of Physics Newsletter, Fall 2012.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Building Cultures of Trust, by Martin E. Marty, Journal of Lutheran Ethics 12:5, 2012.m

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Galileo’s Muse: Renaissance Mathematics and the Arts, by Mark Peterson, Physics in Perspective, 2012.

Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  Review of Hedy’s Folly, by Richard Rhodes, Nature, November 2011.


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Shiny Purple 3D sphere bullet  “Measurement and Its Discontents,” by Robert P. Crease, New York Times, October 22, 2011.

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