Arthur W. Wiggins

Arthur W. Wiggins

The universe's workings have always fascinated me, so I suppose it's no wonder I gravitated- eventually- to physics. After a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame, I worked as an engineer while pursuing part-time graduate studies at the University of Michigan. One dissertation short of a PhD, I landed a job teaching physics at Oakland Community College. This challenge kept me busy for 37 years, and I enjoyed every nanosecond of it. Interactive lectures, labs, problem-solving sessions, tutoring, even grading essay questions all served to deepen my appreciation of how others also struggle to understand the universe.

Often working with my long-time friend Charles M. Wynn, I decided to write books that would help people "get" what science is all about. Since I firmly believe enjoyment and understanding often go hand-in-hand, the books feature cartoons (mostly by Sidney Harris, America's premier science cartoonist), diagrams, accessible language, and occasional mild humor.

In retirement, my wife Barbara and I enjoy family,friends, travel, bicycling, bridge, tennis, producing a public TV series (The Art of Physics), and Shakespearian plays.  There may even be a book or two left in the tank.


  • Physical Science with Environmental Applications, Houghton Mifflin, 1974
  • The Five Biggest Ideas in Science, Wiley, 1996 
  • The Five Biggest Unsolved Problems in Science, Wiley, 2003
  • Quantum Leaps in the Wrong Direction:  Where Real Science Ends . . . and Pseudoscience Begins, Joseph Henry Press/Imprint of National Academy Press, 2001
  • The Joy of Physics, Prometheus Books, 2011
  • And God said, “Let there be evolution!”:  Reconciling the Book of Genesis, the Qur’an and the Theory of Evolution, All Things That Matter Press, 2011

Books by Arthur W. Wiggins



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