John R. Taylor BORN: 2 February 1939 in London, England EDUCATION:
BA in Mathematics, Cambridge University, 1960
Ph D in Theoretical Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1963
EXPERIENCE:
NATO Fellow, Cambridge University, 1962-1964 Instructor, Princeton University, 1964-1966
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, 1966-1968 Associate Professor, University of Colorado, 1968-1972 Professor, University of Colorado, 1972-Present
Senior Visiting Fellow, Imperial College, London 1968-9 and 1973-4 Associate Editor, American Journal of Physics 1998-1992 CU Presidential Teaching Scholar, 199 1 -Present
Visiting Lecturer, International Science Festival, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1998
PUBLICATIONS:
40 articles in refereed journals (Physical Review, Journal of Mathematical Physics, Nuclear Physics, etc.)
Scattering 7heory, the Quantum 7heory of Nonrelativistic Collisions, published by John Wiley, First Edition 1972, Second 1983, also published in Russian.
Error Analysis, the Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements, published by University Science Books, First Edition 1982, Second 1997, also published in French, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, and Japanese.
Modern Physics, (with Chris Zafiratos), published by Prentice Hall, First Edition 1992, Second in preparation.
Several other articles in conference proceedings and lab manuals.
John R. Taylor
HONORS
1971 University of Colorado Teacher Recognition Award
1971 University of Colorado, SPS Outstanding Physics Professor 1975 University of Colorado, SPS Outstanding Physics Professor 1982 Boulder Faculty Teaching Award
1987 Colorado Alliance for Science, Award for "Significant Contributions to Science Education"
1988 Gold Medal of the US Council for the Advancement & Support of Education 1988 Nominated for Emmy Award (Physics for Fun) 1988 "Best of Bouldee' award of the Daily Camera
1989 Nominated for Emmy Award (Physics for Fun)
1989 Distinguished Service Citation of the American Association of Physics Teachers 1989 "Pacesettee' Award in Education of the Daily Camera 1989 SOAR Teacher Recognition Award
1989 Steam's Award of the CU Alumni Association
1989 Gold Medal, National Professor of the Year Award 1989 Colorado Professor of the Year 1990 Emmy Award (Physics for Fun)
1991 CU President's Teaching Scholar
1998 Visiting Lecturer, International Science Festival, Dunedin, New Zealand 1999 CU Hazel Bames Award
John R. Taylor
John R. Taylor
December 9,1998
John Taylor is Professor of Physics and Presidential Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He took his B.A. in mathematics from Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied the theory of elementary particles. He has taught at the Universities of Cambridge and London in England, and at Princeton. and Colorado in the U.S. He first came to Colorado in 1966. Since then he has won five university and departmental teaching awards. He is the author of three text books: a graduate text on quantum scattering theory; an undergraduate text on error analysis, which has been translated into German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish; and an undergraduate
text on modem physics. The second edition of the book on error analysis appeared in 1997. His research interests include quantum scattering theory and the foundations of quantum theory, and he has published some fifty articles in journals such as the Physical Review and the Journal of Mathematical Physics. For several years he was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics.
For the past eighteen years he has given his "Mr. Wizard" shows to some 60,000 children on the Boulder campus and in many towns in Colorado. He received an Emmy Award for his television series "Physics for Fun", which aired on KCNC TV in 1988 -1990. In 1989 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Citation of the American Association of Physics Teachers. In the same year, he won one of eleven Gold Medals in the national "Professor of the Year" program and was named Colorado Professor of the Year. In 1998, at the invitation of the International Science Festival in Dunedin, he toured New Zealand and gave IS "Mr. Wizard" shows in various museums and colleges.
Scholarship and Teaching
Scattering Theory: My graduate-level text Scattering Theory, first published in 1972, was an outgrowth of my research in that field and of my several courses on the subject., Today it is still regarded as the definitive book at the introductory graduate level.
"Mr Wizard": My "Mr Wizard" activities have been a two-way street between science teaching at the K-12 level and university science. Ideas and equipment developed for use in the shows have found uses in our courses here at CU, and the shows have led to my giving numerous workshops for K- 12 teachers throughout the state.
The Aharonov-Bohm Effect: The research that I have pursued over the years with Mark Semon of Bates College on the Aharonov-Bohm Effect (and other related problems in the foundations of quantum mechanics) has materially affected my teaching of quantum mechanics. When one considers that the A-B Effect has been around for some 40 years, it is an astonishing fact that it is included in hardly any texts or courses on quantum mechanics. I have consistently pushed for its inclusion (together with other more modem ideas such as the Berry phase). I have included it in my own courses and have been invited to give a talk on it next spring at Grinnell College.
Error Analysis: My book on error analysis is used at hundreds of physics departments (and some chemistry departments as well). Since the second edition appeared in 1997, 1 have been invited to give 5 workshops on the subject for professionals in various fields (the
Electromagnetic Waves Group at NIST in Boulder, the NIST Users' Conference in Vail, Colorado, the Radar Cross Section Group of NIST in Boulder, the RCS conference at the EfectroScience Lab in Columbus, Ohio, and the IEEE summer conference in Seattle in 1999).
Improvement of Teaching on Campus: In the last ten years I have participated in, or run, 12 panel discussions and workshops run by the Graduate Teaching Program, the Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, and the President's Teaching Scholars.
Research in Teaching: Although teaching has always been a prime interest, I have only recently involved myself in research in teaching. In 1990, Mary-Ann Shea and I conducted a 46peer perspectives" study of my introductory physics course (Ref 54 in my bibliography), but
this year I agreed to take on a graduate student in Physics Education (Andi Pasca@rella). She and 1 plan to study the integration of better math teaching in the lower level physics courses.
"Mr. Wizard" Activities
Since 1980, 1 have been giving "Mr. Wizard" shows for children and their parents on the University of Colorado campus. Until 1994, 1 gave three different shows each Febniary. Then in 1994 the newly nwned "CU Wizards" program was expanded to about a dozen "Wizards," each of whom gives one show each year, with shows scheduled on the last Saturday of the month throughout the year. From the beginning, the shows have been well attended, with capacity audiences of three or four hundred. These shows are serious scientific presentations, based on the idea that it is possible to communicate excitement, interest, and understanding to children of ages 8 and higher. The content has always included contemporary physics and has now been expanded by the CU Wizards to include chemistry and astronomy. I calculate that I personally have entertained about 25,000 children in my campus shows.
Soon after the Wizard shows started on campus, I began getting invitations to give shows in schools around the state. The Outreach Council generously gave me a grant to cover travel expenses, and over the years I have visited some 150 schools and museums throughout the state, from Dinosaur to Cortez and from Trinidad to Fort Morgan.
In 1987 the CU Public Relations Office proposed to Channel 4 TV in Denver that we put on a series called "Physics for Fun." Each spring for three years, Larry Green and I put on ten short shows, and Carol McClarren, Ellen Brock, and I wrote a booklet of projects to accompany the shows. The booklets were distributed to all elementary and junior high schools in the state, and teachers were encouraged to do the projects in class on the morning of the corresponding shows in the evening. Channel 4 estimated that our audience was in the tens of thousands each year, and the third year our shows won an Emmy award. The booklets and video tapes from these series are now marketed and continue to sell well.
As an outgrowth of these activities, I have put on workshops for several groups of teachers around the state.
This year (I 998) 1 was invited by the International Science Festival in Dunedin, New Zealand, to visit that country and put on some 15 shows, plus some lectures for adults, in four of the larger science museums.
John R. Taylor
November 1995
Outreach Activities; Encouraging Children to be Interested in Science
1980 - Present:
Three or four "Mr Wizard" shows on campus each year, open to children and parents. Total audience - 1200 per year. Last year we added 9 more "CU Wizards, " in Physics, Chemistry and Astronomy, and now have one show each month.
Many "Mr. Wizard" road shows in schools, colleges, and museums around the state of Colorado. Some 10 to 20 shows per year; total audience @= 6000 children per year.
1987:
Colorado Alliance for Science Award for "Signicant Contributions to Science Education.
1987 - 1990: TV series, "Physics for Fun," aired in Colorado and neighboring states on the NBC affiliate. Ten short shows each year, with a different theme each year -- Forces & Motion, Electricity, and Sound. In addition, each year we prepared a booklet of projects for children to do in school in conjunction with the TV shows. The booklets and video tapes of the shows are still available and used in many schools.
1989:
Distinguished Service Citation of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
1990:
Emmy Award for the TV show "Physics for Fun.
PUBLICATIONS:
1. "Analyticity of the Positions and Residues of Regge Poles," Phys. Rev. -127, 2257 (1962).
2. "Resonance Multiplets and Broken Symmetry," (with R. J. Eden) Phys. Rev. Letters 11, 516 (1963).
3. "Poles and Shadow Poles in the Many-Channel S-Matrix," (with R. J. Eden) Phys. Rev. 133, B1575 (1964).
4. "Unitarity, Hermiticity and Discontinuity Relations," Nucl. Phys. 58, 580 (1964).
5. "Place of Hilbert Space in S-Matrix Theory," Phys. Rev. 140, B187 (1965). 6. "Spin and Isospin in S-Matrix Theory," J. Math. Phys. 7, 181 (1966).
7. "Cluster Decomposition of S-Matrix Elements," Phys. Rev. 142, 1236 (1966). 8. "On the Spin and Statistics Theorems in S-Matrix Theory," Princeton
preprint. (1966).
9. "On the Existence of N and D Matrices," (with J. B. Hartle) J. Math. Phys. 8, 651 (1967).
10. "Cluster Decomposition and the Spin-Statistics Theorem in S-Matrix Theory," (with M. Froissart) Phys. Rev. 153, 1036 (1967).
11. "Time-like Cluster Properties in Non-relativistic Scatterig Theory," J. Math. Phys. 8, 2131 (1967).
12. "Quantum Mechanics of Paraparticles," (with J. B. Hartle) Phys. Rev. 178, 2043 (1969).
13. "Some Analytic Properties of Scattering Amplitudes for Long Range Forces," (with W. R. Ross) J. Math. Phys. 10, 654 (1969).
14. "Paraparticle Selection Rules," (with R. Stolt), Imperial College Preprint. (1969).
15. "Correspondence Between the First- and Second-Quantized Theories of Paraparticles," (with R. H. Stolt), Nuclear Physic B. 19, 1 (1970).
16. "Classification of Paraparticles," (with R. H. Stolt), Phys. Rev. D 1, 2226 (1970).
17. "Paraparticles of Infinite Order," (with J. B. Hartle ad R. H. Stolt), Phys. Rev. D 2, 1759 (1970).
18. "Parastatistics with Variable Numbers of Particles," (with R. H. Stolt) Nuovo Cim 5A, 185 (1971).
19. "Scattering Theory," John Wiley and Sons, New York (1972).
20. "Reduction of L Waves to S Waves," (with D. Goodmanson), Nuclear Physics, A210, 211 (1973).
21. "A New Rigorous Approach to Coulomb Scatterig," Nuovo Cimento, 23B, 313 (1974).
22. "Scattering by Potentials with Coulomb Tails," (with Mark Semon), Nuovo Cimento, 26A, 48 (1975).
23. "Cross Sections in Quantum Mechanics," (with E. Campesino-Romeo, J. Math. Phys. 16, 1227 (1975).
24. "A Note on Integrals Involvig Pairs of Confluent Hypergeometric Functions," (with M. D. Semon) Mathematics of Computation, 30, 677 (1976).
25. "Scattering Theory," Russian translation, Moscow (1976).
26. "Scattering by Screened Coulomb Potentials," (with M. D. Semon), Bull. Am. Phys. Soc., 22, 607 (1977).
27. "Screened Coulomb Scattering in the Eikonal Approximation," (with M. D. Semon) Phys. Rev. A 16, 33 (1977).
28. "Three-Particle Scattering Rates and Singularities of the T Matrix, I," (with V. S. Potapov) Phys. Rev. A 16, 2264 (1977).
29. "Three-Particle Scattering Rates and Singularities of the T Matrix, II," (with V. S. Potapov) Phys. Rev. A 16, 2276 (1977).
30. "Scattering Theory," Second revised printing, John Wiley, 1977.
31. "An Uncertainty Relation for N Permions," (with D. Goodmanson and E. Campesino-Romeo) Phys. Rev. D19, 485 (1979).
32. "Coulomb Scattering as the Limit of Scattering of Smoothly Screened Coulomb Potentials," (with David Goodmanson) Journal of Math. Physics, Vol. 21, pp. 2202 - 2207 (1980).
33. "An Introduction to ERROR ANALYSIS: The Study of Uncertainties in Physical Measurements," University Science Books, 272 pages, (preliminary edition August 1980, 272 pages).
34. Also I was responsible for the publication of the "Laboratory Manual for Physics 114" by several members of the department, Burgess 'Publishing Co., 241 pages (1980).
35. "An Introduction to Error Analysis; the Study of Uncertainties in
Physical Measurements," University Science Books, Mill Valley, Calif., May 1982 (first main edition).
36. Second edition of "Laboratory Manual for Physics 114," Burgess Publishing Co. (1982).
37. "A Physicist's View of School Science," Outlook Magazine 51 20-35 (1984).
38. "Simple Examples of Correlations in Error Propagation," American Journal of Physics, 53, 663-667 (1985).
39. "A Dynamical Formulation of the Aharonov-Bohm Effect," (with Mark Semon), in "Fundamental Questions in Quantum Mechanics," (eds. L. M. Roth and A. Inomata) Gordon and Breach, 1986.
40. "Error Analysis", Russian translation, Moscow (1985). 41. "Laboratory Manual for Physics 301" (1985).
42. "Error Analysis," Italian translation, Bologna (1986).
43. "Best Estimator of Intrinsic Variance in Presence of Known Uncertainties,"
(with M. Poquerusse and G. A. Dulk), Colorado preprint.
44. "Expectation Values in the Aharonov-Bohm Effect," (with Mark Semon), Nuovo Cimento 97B, 25-40 (1987).
45. "Expectation Values in the Aharonov-Bohm Effect, II," (with Mark Semon), Nuovo Cimento IOOB, 389-401 (1987).
46. "Physics 4 Fun," (with Ellen Brock and Carol McClaren), a booklet of grade-schooi science projects, published by News Center 4 and CU Boulder (1987).
47. "Laboratory Manual for Physics 302" (1987).
48. "The Aharonov-Bohm Effect; Still a Thought-Provoking Experiment," (with Mark Semon), Foundations of Physics 18, 731-740 (1988).
49. "Firewaiking," Band 2 of "Science Report," an LP published by the American Institute of Physics, (1988).
50. "Electricity -- Learning 4 Fun," (with Ellen Brock and Carol McCiaren), a booklet of grade-school projects in electricity, published by News Center 4 and CU Boulder (1988).
51. "Error Analysis," German translation, (Weinheim, 1988).
52. "Firewaiking; a Lesson in Physics," The Physics Teacher 27, 166-168 (1989). 53. "Learning 4 Fun; the Physics of Sound," (with Ellen Brock and Carol
MeCiaren), a booklet of grade-school projects in sound, published by News Center 4 and CU Boulder (1989).
54. "Peer Perspectives; an Experiment with an Introductory Physics Course," (with Mary Ann Shea), The Physics Teacher 28, 454-458 (1990).
55. "Visualizing the Vector Potential," (with Mark Semon), submitted to European Journal of Physics.
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56. "Modem Physics for Scientists and Engineers," (with Chris Zafiratos) Prentice-Hafl (1991). 57. Teachers'ManualforModemPhysics,Prentice-Hall(1991).
58. "Asymmetry in the Aharanov-Bohm Effect," (with Mark Semon) Physical Review, A50, pp.
1954-1958 (1994).
59. "Error Analysis" (Polish Translation), 1996.
60. "Thoughts on the Magnetic Vector Potential," (with Mark Semon) American Journal of
Physics, 64, pp. 1 3 61-13 69, (1996).
61. "An Introduction to Error Analysis," Second Edition, University Science Books, (1997).
62. "Error Analysis" in Proceedings of the NIST Users' Conference in Vail, Colorado. (A one-
day workshop on Error Analysis given by me, June 1997.)
63. "The Importance of Uncertainty Analysis" in the Proceedings of the RCS conference at NIST in Boulder, March 1998.
64. "Basics of Uncertainty Analysis" in the Proceedings of the RCS Conference at the Electro- Science Lab in Colombus, Ohio, in August 1998.
Ph.D. Students Supervised
(with graduation dates)
William Ross (I 967)
"Analytic Properties of Scattering Amplitudes for Long-Range Potentials"
Robert Stolt (1969)
"A Study of Parastatistics"
Mark Semon (I 976)
"Scattering by Long-Range and Screened Potentials"
Enrique Campesino-Romeo (1977)
"Cross Sections in Quantum Mechanics"
David Goodmanson (I 978)
"Coulomb Scattering as the Limit of Screened Coulomb Scattering"
Remigio Tee (I 986)
"Time Delay in Quantum Scattering"
Edward Gillis (I 992)
"A Lorentz-Invariant Microphysical Theory of Wave-Function Collapse"
Miguel Cruz (1995)
"Classical Charged Spinning Particles; Foundations of a Theory"
Andrea Pascarella (current)
Study of Ways to Improve the Teaching of Introductory Physics