- For the historian and professor at the Naval War College, see David E. Kaiser.
|Education||AB (physics) Dartmouth College, 1993
PhD (physics) Harvard University, 1997
PhD (history of science) Harvard University, 2000
|Occupation||Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|MIT faculty page|
David Kaiser is an American physicist and historian of science. He is Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), head of its Science, Technology, and Society program, and senior lecturer in the department of physics.
Kaiser is the author or editor of several books on the history of science, including Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics (2005), and How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival (2011). He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010. In March 2012 he was awarded the MacVicar fellowship, a prestigious MIT undergraduate teaching award.
He completed his AB in physics at Dartmouth College (1993), and obtained two PhDs from Harvard University, one in physics (1997) for a thesis entitled "Post-Inflation Reheating in an Expanding Universe," and one in the history of science (2000), with a thesis on "Making Theory: Producing Physics and Physicists in Postwar America."
- Drawing Theories Apart: The Dispersion of Feynman Diagrams in Postwar Physics. University of Chicago Press, 2005.
- (ed.) Pedagogy and the Practice of Science: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. MIT Press, 2005.
- (ed.) Becoming MIT: Moments of Decision. MIT Press, 2010.
- How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival. W. W. Norton, 2011.
- American Physics and the Cold War Bubble. University of Chicago Press, forthcoming.
- Faculty website, MIT, accessed April 26, 2011.
- "How the Hippies Saved Physics (Excerpt)", Scientific American, June 27, 2011.
- Capra, Fritjof (1975), The Tao of Physics: An Exploration of the Parallels between Modern Physics and Eastern Mysticism, Berkeley: Shambhala.
- Gusterson, Hugh. "Physics: Quantum outsiders", Nature, 476, 278–279, August 18, 2011.
- Johnson, George. "What Physics Owes the Counterculture", The New York Times, June 17, 2011.
- Kaiser, David. "Lecture: How the Hippies Saved Physics", WGBH PBS, April 28, 2010.
- Kaiser, David. "Short Cuts", The London Review of Books, Vol. 33 No. 16, August 25, 2011.
- Wilkinson, Todd. "How the Hippies Saved Physics, by David Kaiser", The Christian Science Monitor, July 19, 2011.
- Wisnioski, Matthew. "Let's Be Fysiksists Again", Science, vol 332, issue 6037, June 24, 2011.