|The world will soon start to run out of cheap, easily
produced oil. If we turn to the other fossil fuels to replace the missing oil, we might do incalculable damage
to the climate of our planet, and we are likely to start running out of all fossil fuels, coal included, by the
end of this century. We will take a careful look at this situation and all of its ramifications.
|David L. Goodstein, Ph.D., is vice provost and professor of physics and applied physics
at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he has been on the faculty for more than 35 years.
In 1995 he was named the Frank J. Gilloon Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor. In 1999, Dr. Goodstein
was awarded the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and in 2000, the John P. McGovern
Medal of the Sigma Xi Society.
His book, States of Matter, published in 1975 by Prentice Hall and reissued by Dover Press in 1985, was hailed
by Physics Today as the book that launched a new discipline, Condensed Matter Physics. His research, in experimental
condensed matter physics, has dealt with phases and phase transitions in adsorbed, two-dimensional matter, ballistic
phonons in solids, superfluidity in liquid helium, and critical point phenomena. This work has led to nearly 200
scientific publications. He is currently working on a future flight experiment that will examine the dynamics of
the superfluid phase transition in the absence of gravity.
Dr. Goodstein has served on numerous scientific and academic panels, including the Standing Review Board of the
Keck Telescope and the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, an NSF oversight committee
that reports to the Congress. He currently serves on a number of NSF advisory committees, and is a founding member
of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology.
Dr. Goodstein was the host and project director of The Mechanical Universe, a 52-part college physics telecourse
based on his popular lectures at Caltech. The project, which has been adapted for high school use and translated
into ten other languages, has been broadcast on hundreds of public broadcasting stations and has garnered more
than a dozen prestigious awards, including the 1987 Japan Prize for television.
In recent times, Dr. Goodstein has become interested in some of the larger issues that affect science as a profession.
In a series of articles, colloquia and speeches, he has stressed and analyzed the profound changes in science that
became inevitable in the last few decades when its long period of exponential expansion came to an end. He has
also turned his attention to issues related to conduct and misconduct in science. Prompted by the need to compose
a set of regulations governing possible misconduct at Caltech, he has developed an academic sub-specialty in this
area, writing and speaking about it in a variety of forums. Together with his colleague, professor of philosophy
James Woodward, he has developed a course, Research Ethics, which has been taught each year at Caltech since the
early 1990s. His writings related to both of these subjects have recently appeared in issues of the Sigma Xi journal,
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Goodstein attended Brooklyn College and received his Ph.D. in physics from the
University of Washington. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dr. Judith R. Goodstein, who is a faculty associate
in history at Caltech, where she serves as university archivist. The Goodsteins have two grown children, two grandchildren,
and have recently co-authored a best-selling book, Feynman's Lost Lecture.
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