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Thomas R. Scott served SDSU as the dean of the College of Sciences and chief executive officer of the SDSU Research Foundation. Thomas R. Scott served SDSU as the dean of the College of Sciences and chief executive officer of the SDSU Research Foundation.
 


Deconstructing the Universe

Thomas R. Scott’s new book, published posthumously, explains the laws governing the universe.
By SDSU News Team
 

“A breezy yet comprehensive and authoritative treatise” is one critic’s description of Thomas R. Scott’s new book, which takes on the formidable task of explaining the universe and the laws that govern it.

The Universe as It Really Is: Earth, Space, Matter, and Time” begins with physics and the building blocks of the universe—time, gravity, light and elementary particles—and goes on to explain Earth’s place in the cosmos and the forces that shape our planet. 

Scott also provides vivid narratives of breakthrough discoveries in science, such as the shape of the atom and the nature of the nucleus. Also considered is how we use GPS to measure time, and what that has to do with relativity.
 
The book, written with the assistance of James Lawrence Powell, was published in June 2018 by Columbia University Press. 

About Thomas R. Scott

Scott, academic vice president emeritus and former vice president for research at San Diego State University, passed away in May 2017.

He graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1966 with a degree in psychology and an emphasis in the emerging discipline of neuroscience. Before joining SDSU, Scott was psychology department chair and associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Delaware. His neuroscientific research was supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other agencies.