Dr. David L. Goodstein, Ph.D., is Professor
of Physics and Applied Physics at Caltech, where he has been on
the faculty for more than 35 years. In 1995, he was named the Frank
J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor. In 1999,
Dr. Goodstein was awarded the Oersted Medal of the American Association
of Physics Teachers, and in 2000, the John P. McGovern Medal of
the Sigma Xi Society. He has served on and chaired numerous scientific
and academic panels, including the National Advisory Committee to
the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate of the National
Science Foundation. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors
of the California Council on Science and Technology. His books include
States of Matter (Prentice Hall, 1975, Dover, 1985) and Feynmans
Lost Lecture (Norton, 1996), written with his wife, Dr. Judith Goodstein.
In the 1980s he was Director and host of The Mechanical Universe,
an educational television series that has been used by millions
of students all over the world.
In recent times, while continuing to teach and conduct research
in experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Dr. Goodstein has turned
his attention to issues related to science and society. In articles,
speeches and colloquia he has addressed conduct and misconduct in
science, the end of exponential growth of the scientific enterprise,
and issues related to fossil fuel and the climate of Planet Earth.
Dr. Goodstein served as Caltechs Vice Provost from 1988-2007.