Astrodidactics

A Place to Learn about Physics and Astronomy

Mt. Wilson observatory in California. It shows in the back the 60″ reflector. It was in the 100″ reflector, (not in the picture) where E. Hubble convinced A. Einstein that the universe is expanding. The astronomers on the picture are walking back from the 100″ telescope, few meters away crossing the bridge where Einstein and Hubble were standing for their picture.

My name is Peter Krumbein,

I have a Licenciatura in Physics from the National Pedagogical University, Bogota/Colombia, and studied Physics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. I have a Master in Physics Education, from Andrews University, Michigan, and Master in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Valencia International University, Valencia, Spain. During 35 years I taught Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy in Colombia, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. I read every day in all subjects, specially Quantum Mechanics, History of Science, Astronomy, and many other subjects. Some of the books I recently read and recommend reading are:

1. What is Real? The unfinished quest for the meaning of Quantum Physics by Adam Becker.

2. The Planet Factory by Elizabeth Tasker

3. Infinitesimal by Amir Alexander

4. A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking

5. No Shadow of a Doubt by Daniel Kennefick

Eventually I will change this list and suggest other readings that can entertain you in all times, not only in COVID-19 times.

I am a strong advocate for education, that is, for Teaching and Learning. The purpose of this site is to reach out to students at Secondary and college level, and the general public, that could profit from the lectures and information transmitted here. In the blog you will find the lectures that I am going to publish on a regular basis under the name of “Lesson for Today”, that you may reach by clicking on LECTURE. Some lectures are very basic; other presentations are more for advanced students interested in some mathematical understanding about the many areas of the sciences of Physics and Astronomy. One section where you can learn new stuff is in TRIVIA. There you will find something new to learn, and that I am learning as well. We are a community of learners, and believe it or not, I have been learning a great deal about how to set up a webpage like this one. Welcome!

I appreciate any comments that may be posting in the contact.