Former silver-medal boxing champion, sign painter, uranium prospector, and soldier, Paul began college at the age of 27, with the help of the GI Bill. He pioneered the conceptual approach to teaching physics at the City College of San Francisco. This approach became the foundation of his landmark textbook, Conceptual Physics, which has since reached the hearts and minds of millions of students worldwide. Paul has taught as a guest teacher at numerous middle schools and high schools, the University of California at both the Berkeley and Santa Cruz campuses, and the University of Hawaii at both the Manoa and Hilo campuses. He also taught for 20 years at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, which honored him with its Outstanding Educator Award in 2000. Paul is also a coauthor of Conceptual Physical Science (with John and Leslie), as well as coauthor of Conceptual Integrated Science (with Suzanne, John, and Jennifer).
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Paul Hewitt's best-selling and defining text continues to be the benchmark against which all others are judged. The motivating idea of his books has always been and continues to be concepts clearly explained first, with calculations later. His books engage the student with clear language, simple analogies, and explanations that go beyond descriptions. He authors the ancillaries to his books, which connects learned concepts to hands-on practice. Hence the student are guided to the connections that build a strong conceptual understanding of physical principles from classical mechanics to modern physics.
“This book is widely used as a textbook for high school and college courses. The author has excellent communication skills and thorough understanding of the concepts as the material is presented very clearly and precisely. Furthermore, it is presented in clear, plain language, not technical jargon. The book is written in a way that makes it very engaging. You can also sense the author's passion for conceptual physics, which is infectious. Many of the examples, questions, and diagrams are intriguing and/or fun.” F. Reema, Louisiana Amazon Review
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