of Physics at the University
of California at Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist
where I am also associated with the Institute
for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics. Don't
confuse me with Richard
Muller's vita is available in html or pdf
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Global Warming News: Elizabeth and I were recently interviewed by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. We discussed global warming and what solutions potentially exist. You can watch the interview here. What is most remarkable about this interview is that in 15 minutes we covered all of the most important topics. Great job, Mr. Lt. Governor!
My new book "Energy for Future Presidents" is now shipping from Amazon, and is also available from your local bookstore. It includes analysis of Fukushima, the Gulf Oil Spill, Global Warming (including the new Berkeley Earth results), the natural gas revolution.
older book, The Instant Physicist,
is still available for $11 to $13 at Amazon,
& Noble, Borders, Powell's,
Amazon and B&N show sample pages including the great art
of Joey Manfre. Listen to my interviews about the book on KQED
FM: Forum and
on CBS radio.
Humor and Physics do mix!
Global Warming. We have begun
a new major research project to make an independent
evalution of global warming through a careful
analysis of the most complete set ever used of land surface temperature
measurements. For details, see BerkeleyEarth.org.
for Future Presidents web page about the course I teach. Princeton
University Press has now published the full color, glossy, yet
cheap ($44.35 on Amazon) textbook Physics
and Technology for Future Presidents.
Interested in 3D TV without glasses? See the link
to my new company, SolidDD.com
my movie of the Finale of
the Paul McCartney Concert (10 July 2010).
on the Glenn Beck show, discussing the Iranian
nuclear threat. The discussion took place Friday 5 Feb 2010.
Beck says: "I
have read your book. It is fantastic. Everybody should read
this book if you are interested in science at all and you're
interested in the future." But he doesn't like the part
on Global Warming.
Copenhagen my Op-Ed piece has now appeared in the Wall
St. Journal. For details of the calculations,
go to MullerandAssociates.com.
my presentation at the WNET Celebration of Teaching and Learning
a photo of
Barack Obama reading my popular book! -- while
in bed -- and being so distracted that he ignores the ringing
red phone -- while Michelle looks on with concern. Well, OK,
maybe it isn't a photo. It was done by Victor Juhasz. See the
in Fossil Diversity. Our discovery of the 62 Myr cycle
was published in 2005, but now we present the data parsed in
ways! See below.
course, Physics for future Presidents, has just been given the highest award
it could possibly earn: in a poll taken by the student newspaper,
The Daily Californian, it was named Best
Class at Berkeley! (It has won this honor for the last
two years in a row.)
are two books I have written with similar titles. Physics
for Future Presidents is written for
popular readers -- meant to be read rather than studied,
on the left. I've been on NPR twice answering call-ins: listen
Krasny on Forum or Tom
Point". It is now available in paperback (cheap).
The more detailed
book, a textbook for my course,
is on the right side. The popular version has five sections:
terrorism, energy, nukes, space, and global warming. The
new Princeton University Press text
13 chapters including a new one on climate change, multiple
choice and essay questions, and
course, Interested in teaching from it? Here is a link:
Physics and Technology
for Future Presidents. We've kept the price under $50.
teaches physics to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John McCain,
and other candidates (photo taken by Joey
Magazine piece about UC Berkeley's success in
broadcasting my lectures on YouTube.
A soldier in Iraq listened to my physics lectures
while manning a .50-caliber machine-gun and watching over a
where insurgents were suspected of passing through a week earlier.
Read the whole
Burning Man 2007. See my
movies and photos. Most impressive is the Movie
of the Burning Man. taken September 2, 2007. My favorite
art was the
Big Round Cubatron.
See my movie of it, and also artist Mark Lottor's website. Night
Panorama of Black Rock City gives
a sense of the place. Also the Fire
Wheel Movie. Burning
Man Photos give the overall picture, including a photo
of me in full Tuareg dress, standing by the Temple.
(The Tuareg figured
themselves from sandstorms, and the protection really does
work. I added the face mask.)
Watch the TV clip about my class
Physics for future Presidents that
Go to: Top
Universities Offer Free Lectures Online.
Theorems. The complete list is
Photos from our August
2007 backpack trip
to Hoover Wilderness and the Virginia Canyon in Yosemite.
FSM photos inside Sproul Hall,
Dec 3-4, 1964. For
the first time, I have posted the photographs I took during
Speech Movement Sproul Hall sit in.
These include images of Mario Savio, Jack Weinberg, and Joan
Baez in the corridors of Sproul. They also show the police
charging up the stairs to take control of the window on the
second floor, a window that was being used to take food and
information in from outside sympathizers. I was arrested,
and spent the next night in the Oakland jail. When
I was released, to my amazement, the police returned the
film to me. I was the only student arrested who later became
a professor at Cal.
Prize. Congratulations to
John Mather and George
Smoot for the Nobel Prize in
Physics, awarded for their work on COBE. I've posted a new pre-COBE
history page that includes historically interesting
documents that are relevant to the genesis of COBE. These date
days when I was the Principal Investigator on the U-2 project
that discovered the cosine anisotropy of the cosmic microwave
for future Presidents, my
course (see below) has
available from Thomson
Publishing. It is also available on Amazon,
for a higher price, but you might need to make sure you get the
right edition. The newer version says "Spring 2008 edition" on
our recent trip to Kenya and Rwanda.
from Carlsbad Caverns, Cuba, Iguacu, the
Sierra Nevada, Morocco, Paraguay, Peru, more....
See my little silly essay Dumbledore
isn't gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that....
in Fossil Diversity (paper from Nature). See
data parsed in 171 different ways (pdf file). In the
10 March 2005 issue of Nature, graduate
student Robert Rohde and I report the discovery of a strong
62 Myr cycle in fossil diversity. (Click
for pdf copy.) The cycle is huge, and it does not have
a ready explanation. I show below a plot from our paper
that shows the number of shorter-duration genera back to
545 Million years ago. (Incidentally, I was misquoted in
a newspaper account. No, I have not abandoned the Nemesis
idea.) PBS broadcast an interview with me on the subject,
but the link is broken; if anybody finds it, please let
me know and I'll post the link here. The old (now dead)
Click the following link to download
a pdf file that shows the diversity
data parsed in 171 different ways. If you are familiar with
paleontology, then these data may give you the clue that you
need to figure out what is causing the cycle.
at the Core-Mantle Boundary, has been published in Geophysical
Research Letters, vol.29, pg 41-1 to 41-4 (12 Oct 2002). Such avalanches
may affect geomagnetic reversals and flood basalts. They can be
spontaneous, or triggered by oblique impacts of comets and asteroids.
on the moon (and the earth) increased
about 400 Myr ago, a result that we published in
SCIENCE in May, 2000. A follow-up
investigation on impacts
at the Apollo 12 site published in the
Journal of Geophysical Research showed a weaker effect than we
This increase, if real, may
implications both for evolution and our model of
solar system. There is an interesting interpretation of these data
in terms of the Nemesis idea: see my paper "Measurements
of lunar impacts ... and implications for the Nemesis theory." For
more on the Nemesis idea, see the next entry:
This is a theory worked out with Marc Davis and Piet Hut. It predicts
the future discovery of a small (probably red dwarf) star orbiting
the Sun at a distance of a few light years. The theory has
been considered controversial and speculative, but it has not
yet been ruled out. We should know for sure in the next few
years. I wrote an article about our work for the New York Times
Magazine in 1985; here is a transcript: NYTimes
web page. See also "Measurements
of lunar impacts ... and implications for the Nemesis theory."
We have measured
the accretion of extraterrestrial
dust by using iridium measurements on Greenland
ice. The results are controversial: we found a lower level
than had generally been believed. Read our article.pdf
published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
New Theory of Glacial cycles. Also see
the article Glacial
Cycles and Astronomical Forcing, published in Science
vol 277, pp 215-218 (11 July 1997). Also look at our book:
the new compilation of ice age data we call the Benthic
Stack, published in Paleoceanography (vol 17,
2002). It was tuned to obliquity alone, and represents a new
view of climate for the last 860 kyr.
Physics for future Presidents
MIT Technology Review Essays
years I wrote a monthly column in MIT's Technology
Review online. It is based on my class, see above.
The essays, in reverse chronological order, are:
Physics of Gluttony (Nov '04). You lose weight (carbon) only by breathing.
Warming Bombshell (Oct '04). Global warming poster child
of the Dinosaurs (Aug '04). There's a lot more we don't know now.
Lessons from Iraq War II (July '04). Some may surprise you.
Bombs (June '04). My greatest fear is fear itself.
Lethal Weapons (May '04). Are they good or bad?
is melting. Can Kyoto save it? (April '04). Climate is local too.
Witch of Yucca Mountain (March '04). Research won't reassure.
Non-expedition to Mars (Feb '04). Mars in 26 years? Only after robots.
Voice of Osama (Jan '04). Why I think it isn't his.
Global Warming (Dec '03). Medieval climate becomes politicized.
Physics Diet (Nov '03). Exercise doesn't work. Eating less does. (In Belorussian here.)
Math of Elections (Oct '03). Low voter turnout may be a healthy sign.
Low-Tech (Sept '03). Observations from my visit to Cuba.
Lie Detectors Lie - or Don't (August '03) They do have valid uses.
Economy Pollution (July '03) Not as clean as you might think.
Saddam (June '03) To fool someone, you may have to fool all.
Weapons Paradox (May '03). Are kinder, gentler weapons, always evil?
and Awe in Babylon (April '03) Early surprises in Gulf War II.
Express (March '03) A weapon of mass transport?
Shuttle Science (Feb '03) Is it safe? Is it science?
inspections -- just as expected. (Jan '03) They won't find WMD
Korea -- the next Iraq? (Dec '02) Yes and no
with Iraq -- As Predictable as Chess (Nov '02) You'll be surprised
Lowest-Tech Atom Bomb (Oct '02) Saddam's easiest approach
Everything Change? (Sept '02) Why Al Qaeda failed
Insecurity. (Aug '02) The real threat is
afraid of 1984? (July '02) Orwell got it backwards
Conservation Bomb. (June '02) Can counter the population
of Precise Destruction. (May '02) Predator assassination
Qaeda's Anthrax (April '02) See agreement from David
duster terrorism (March
'02) Weapons from the corner station
Taxes, and the Attack on Iraq (Feb '02) War is inevitable
I've been analyzing the terrorist threat ever since 9-11-01. Read my early
articles and judge for yourself how accurate I was (or wasn't):
of the Terrorist Attack, posted Sept 16 2001, 5 days after 9-11.
War on Terrorism posted Sept 21, 2001, with my predictions.
terrorist threat is over, for now posted Oct 26, 2001.
I have put online my viewgraphs for my talk,
of Terrorism, Counterterrorism, and the Conflict with Iraq.
Read my essay The Physics Diet translated to Belorussian.