Faculty Profiles

David Feldman

Professor of Physics and Mathematics

Dave FeldmanWhere did you go to school?
Please see my Curriculum Vitae.

What do you teach?
Physics and Mathematics

Why do you teach at COA?
I like the interdisciplinarity. COA students are a fun and inspiring group to work with.

How long have you been part of the COA community? What has changed?
Since September 1998. Not that much has changed, actually. We have many more international students, and a few more buildings, and some spiffy dorms. But what's more interesting is what hasn't changed. We still have smart, motivated, independent-minded students.

Which project thrills you most to assign and witness?
I don't know. I assign a lot of homework and then try and provide a lot of help. It's satisfying to watch students work hard, week after week, enjoy the challenge, and learn a lot. Final projects in Chaos and Fractals are always very interesting. Students do a zany assortment of things and I'm very often pleasantly surprised and amused by what they come up with.

If your students were fruit, you'd have a class full of ...

What is the most significant challenge the current generation of college students faces?
There are too many challenges to pick just one. The climate change thing is going to be a disaster. But it will mostly be the poor of the world who bear the worst consequences, not people who are lucky enough to go to college.

Tell us about your favorite tree on campus.
I guess the Copper Beech. I like trees, but not so much that I have clear favorites.

Where are your roots?
Born and raised in NYC. Manhattan. I also feel like I have some roots in Northern California.

In which media do you most enjoy working? Why?
Computer programming is great. So are mechanical pencils. With soft but not too-soft lead.

Where do you like to do your work?
My office on campus.

Beyond teaching at COA, which projects or passions energize you?
I like cooking. I like listening to music a lot. I enjoy good beer. I like watching hockey. I like playing ultimate Frisbee. I like hanging out with my three cats.

Which books do you keep on your desk, in your pocket, on your nightstand?
I have a lot of books on my desk. Too many to list.

What can't you live without?
Coffee. Music. Food. Water.

What brings you joy?
The usual stuff. Friends, family.

What role should rebellion or revolution play in contemporary societies?
Depends on the society. Hard to generalize.

What does 'green' mean to you?
Electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths between 495 and 570 nm. Politically, I'm much more red than green.

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