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Jonah Herzog-Arbeitman

tutor, poet, improviser, potter, runner

Jonah is a graduate of Princeton University where he studied theoretical physics, applied mathematics, and poetry. An avid teacher, Jonah believes that anyone can learn anything. Behind the abstruse symbols and thorny reputation of math and science–the scary subjects–lies a great and fundamental simplicity, one which everyone can learn to see with practice. Currently, Jonah’s research centers around quantum states of matter. He will return to Princeton for his PhD after finishing master’s degrees at Oxford and Cambridge where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. Outside the classroom, his interests range from cooking to improv comedy to bad television.

…a text I love to teach

Evie Shockley’s semiautomatic, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, conveys its lethal relevance through meticulous and subversive lyrics. It requires and deserves continual rereading.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

I spent a wonderful summer in Dresden, Germany at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems and found myself fascinated with the city’s troubling history and modern reinvention.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Marie-Sophie Germain, Paul Dirac, Stephen Colbert, Vera Rubin, W.H. Auden, Robert Oppenheimer, Anthony Bourdain, Beyoncé

…something I can’t stop thinking about

Fully nonlinear field theories!