Tony Rothman is a physicist and writer. He received a B.A.in physics from Swarthmore
in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the Center for Relativity at the University
in 1981. His area of specialization is cosmology, the study of the early
universe, and he has authored about fifty scientific papers on that
subject. While a graduate student
Rothman studied Russian at Middlebury's Summer
and at Leningrad
University. After leaving Texas
he did post-doctoral work in cosmology at Oxford,
and Cape Town.
Rothman has been on the Editorial Board of Scientific
American (1988--1989). From 1990 to
1992 he was a Lecturer at Harvard. He has also been on the faculty at
Bennington, Illinois Wesleyan University and Bryn Mawr College.
He currently lectures at Princeton University.
Apart from his scientific work, Rothman has
published eight books. Most recent is Everything’s Relative and Other Fables From Science and Technology (Wiley, 2003). He is also coauthor with George Sudarshan
of Doubt and Certainty (Perseus, 1998), chosen by the "A-List" as one of
the 200 most notable books of 1998. The others are a novel The World is Round (Ballantine/del Rey 1978), three collections of essays: Frontiers of Modern Physics (Dover,
1985), Science a la Mode (Princeton,
1989; paperback, 1991), A Physicist on
Madison Avenue, (Princeton, 1991); a collection of short stories about
Russia entitled Censored Tales (Macmillan
London, 1989); and Instant Physics (Ballantine, 1995).
books were chosen as Library of Science Book Club selections; A Physicist on
Madison Avenue} was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Rothman was the
scientific editor for Sakharov's memoirs (Knopf,
addition Rothman has written five plays, The
Magician and the Fool, which won the Oxford
1981-1982 Experimental Theatre Club Competition; The Sand Reckoner, staged at Harvard in
(1991); Plausibility, about Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil (1998); and recently, The Fiery Angel. His work on
Galois won the Mathematical Association of America's Ford Writing Award for
1983. Rothman has contributed to The New Republic, Boston Review, Bostonia,
Scientific American, Discover, Analog, Astronomy, the Gettysburg Review and elsewhere.