Tony Rothman

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Tony Rothman
Born 29 April 1953 (1953-04-29) (age 63)[1]
Occupation Physicist, cosmologist, science fiction writer
Genre Science fiction (hard SF), popular science

Tony Rothman (born 1953) is an American theoretical physicist, academic and writer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Tony is the son of physicist and science fiction writer Milton A. Rothman. Rothman has a B.A. from Swarthmore College, (1975) and a Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin (1981), where he studied at the Center for Relativity. He continued on post-doctoral fellowships at Oxford, the University of Moscow and the University of Cape Town.


Rothman worked briefly as an editor at Scientific American, then taught at Harvard, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bryn Mawr College and more recently at Princeton University. As of January 2016 he has joined the faculty of NYU Polytech, also known as the Tandon School of Engineering.

Rothman's scientific research has been concerned mainly with general relativity and cosmology, for which he has made contributions to the study of the early universe, specifically cosmic nucleosynthesis, black holes, inflationary cosmology and gravitons.

Rothman was the scientific editor for Andrei Sakharov's Memoirs and he has contributed to numerous magazines, including Scientific American, Discover, American Scientist, The New Republic and History Today. He has played oboe at a professional level and commissioned a concerto from Alexander Raskatov.

Selected works[edit]

Tony Rothman's first book,[3] written just after graduating college, was The World is Round (Ballantine, 1978), a science fiction novel about the evolution of society on a non-earthlike planet. His experiences in Russia resulted in publication of a collection of short stories entitled Censored Tales (1989). He has also published six books of popular science and science history. His collection A Physicist on Madison Avenue (1991) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, while Doubt and Certainty, with George Sudarshan, was chosen by the A-List as one of the 200 best books of 1998. He co-authored Sacred Mathematics: Japanese Temple Geometry with Fukagawa Hidetoshi.[4] Published in 2008, this was the first history of sangaku in English, and won the Association of American Publisher's 2008 PROSE award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence in mathematics.

Rothman's published writings encompass hundreds of works in 7 languages and include 3,073 library holdings.[5]

  • 2015 — The Course of Fortune
  • 2015 — Firebird
  • 2008 — Sacred mathematics: Japanese temple geometry (with Hidetoshi Fukagawa)
  • 2003 — Everything's relative: and other fables from science and technology
  • 1998 — Doubt and certainty: the celebrated academy (with E.C.G. Sudarshan)
  • 1995 — Instant physics: from Aristotle to Einstein, and beyond
  • 1991 — A physicist on Madison Avenue
  • 1989 — Science à la mode: physical fashions and fictions
  • 1989 — Censored tales
  • 1985 — Frontiers of modern physics: new perspectives on cosmology, relativity, black holes, and extraterrestrial intelligence
  • 1978 — The World is Round


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  2. ^ Lifeboat Foundation: Advisory Board, Tony Rothman bio notes
  3. ^ The World is Round became my first work accepted for publication and my second work to appear. Tony Rothman (1996). "The World is Round". Archived from the original on 11 September 2006. 
  4. ^ Boutin, Chad. "Rothman helps reveal intricacies of ancient math phenomenon," Princeton Weekly Bulletin. June 5, 2006.
  5. ^ WorldCat Identities: Rothman, Tony

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