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Herbert J. Bernstein

Professor of Physics

Herbert J. Bernstein is professor of physics. His unique and distinguished approach to the sciences is best represented by the history of ISIS (the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies), reflected in its website isis.hampshire.edu; the projects on military waste cleanup; quantum teleportation; Amazon ecology; and genomics. The ongoing Bohm Scientists' Dialogue have implemented the ISIS philosophy as outlined in Muddling Through.

Bernstein held a visiting scientist position at Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two decades until 2004. He headed an international research team on modern physics exploring quantum teleportation, computation, and communication. It produced a number of "firsts" in these fields and in the philosophical implications of modern sciences.

Bernstein holds a B.A. from Columbia and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego, all in physics. He was a post-doctoral member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study, where he now serves as nominating chair of the alumni board of trustees. The American Physical Society cited Bernstein's broad impact on science when they elected him as a Fellow in 2003. Their citation mentions pioneering work at the start of two fields of physics and unique contribution to the understanding of science-and-society issues through the ISIS Institute at Hampshire.

Bernstein was a Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, and recipient of a Sigma Xi Science Honor Society annual award (with Victor F. Weisskopf's 1984 Procter Prize).

His teaching and research interests include science and society; the effects of modern knowledge; quantum interferometry, information and teleportation; and theoretical modern physics. He is president and chief scientist of ISIS, the Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies.

During his most recent sabbatical Professor Bernstein split his time on two coasts as a visiting professor, UCSB (University of California at Santa Barbara), and a Visiting Scholar in the Draper Program at NYU (New York University). He is author and co-author of two books; many, many scientific papers; and holder of a U.S. patent.


Affiliations
School of Natural Science

Recent and Upcoming Courses
NS-0299: Learning Activity Projects (Spring 2014)
NS-386I: New Ways of Knowing (Fall 2013)
NS-0204: Physics I (Fall 2013)
NS-0299: Learning Activity Projects (Fall 2013)

 

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Herb Bernstein
Professor of Physics
Cole Science Center 208
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Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
413.559.5573
hjbNS@hampshire.edu
 

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