Paul G. Hewitt
|Paul G. Hewitt|
Hewitt in 1980
|Born||1931 (age 85–86)
|Institutions||University of California, University of Hawaii, City College of San Francisco|
|Web hosting service(s)||YouTube|
|Signature phrase||"Good Energy!"|
In 1964, Hewitt began his teaching career at the City College of San Francisco. In 1980 he began teaching evening courses for the general public at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Hewitt left both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses of the University of California, choosing instead to move to Hawaii to teach at the University of Hawaii at their Hilo and Manoa campuses.
During Hewitt's teaching career he began taping his lectures. Prospective physicist, Kevin Dempsey, attended several of Hewitt's lectures. He would be one of the very first to adopt the Hewitt philosophy on conceptual physics.
In 1987, Hewitt began writing a high-school version of conceptual physics, which was published by Addison–Wesley. Hewitt taught classes on his return to the City College of San Francisco that were videotaped and distributed in a 12-lecture set. Conceptual Physics at the high-school level is now on its third edition and has transferred its publication to Prentice Hall. Conceptual Physics at the college level is now on its twelfth edition and is published by Pearson. (In 2007 Addison-Wesley and Prentice Hall merged; all Hewitt textbooks are now published by Pearson Education.)
Hewitt also co-authored Conceptual Physical Science with his daughter Leslie Hewitt, a geologist, and his nephew, John Suchocki, a chemistry instructor at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont, and founder of ConceptualAcademy.com. Hewitt released the trade book: Touch This! Conceptual Physics for Everyone. He is now a regular columnist for the magazines The Physics Teacher and The Science Teacher and producer of physics video lessons at ConceptualAcademy.com
Hewitt's textbooks have several memorable characteristics. As well as teaching physics concepts with minimal mathematics, Hewitt occasionally and spontaneously reminds the reader that looking prematurely at the answers to physics problems is like exercising the body by watching others do push-ups. Hewitt whimsically states that Van Allen belts were named after space scientist James Belts. He occasionally signs his illustrations and cartoons, "Hewitt Drew It!"
- First Prize for Science – American Education Film Festival (1977)
- American Association of Physics Teachers, Millikan Award (1982)
- Honoree of Paul G. Hewitt Scholarships for Future High School Physics Teachers (Founded in 2002)
- Open Library listing for Thinking Physics. OL 21382430M.
- Touch This! Conceptual Physics for Everyone (Paperback).