Edward Rothstein (born October 16, 1952) is an American critic and composer.
Rothstein holds a B.A. from Yale University (1973), an M.A. in English literature from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1994). In addition, Rothstein did graduate work in mathematics at Brandeis University.
Rothstein is currently the cultural critic-at-large for The New York Times, particularly examining the reach and depth of museums, large and small, one by one. He has worked as a music critic for The New Republic and as the chief music critic for the Times.
As a composer, Rothstein supports the idea that music may be linked in a distant way to physical and mathematical ideas such as string theory. He explores this notion in his book Emblems of Mind.
- Yoe, Mary Ruth, "Everybody's a critic", University of Chicago Magazine, February, 2004 (96:3). Listing for Vision of Utopia at the end of the UCM article appears to be incorrect; the corrected listing in this Wiki article is based on Amazon listing, picture of book cover at Amazon, and internal Wiki links.
- Archive of Rothstein's New York Times articles
- Archive of Rothstein's tech columns in New York Times
- "Mozart: In Search of the Roots of Genius", Smithsonian, February, 2006.
- "Contemplating Churchill", Smithsonian, March, 2005.
- Visions of Utopia (New York Public Library Lectures in Humanities), with Herbert Muschamp and Martin E. Marty (Oxford University Press, 2004) ISBN 0-19-517161-6.
- 1998 Diary in Slate
- Emblems of Mind: The Inner Life of Music and Mathematics (Times Books, 1995).
- Foreword to Arthur Loesser's Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History (1991).
- Archive of Rothstein's essays 1979-90 in The New York Review of Books
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