Fred Alan Wolf

Fred Alan Wolf
Fred Alan Wolf
Fred Alan Wolf (right) and Jack Sarfatti in Paris, 1973
Born December 3, 1934 (age 76)
Education Ph.D. in theoretical physics, 1963
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles

Fred Alan Wolf (born December 3, 1934) is an American theoretical physicist specializing in quantum physics and the relationship between physics and consciousness. He is a former physics professor at San Diego State University, and more recently has helped to popularize science on the Discovery Channel. He is the author of a number of books about physics, including Taking the Quantum Leap (1989), The Dreaming Universe (1994), Mind into Matter (2000), and Time Loops and Space Twists (2011).[1]

Wolf was a member in the 1970s, with Jack Sarfatti and others, of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory's Fundamental Fysiks Group founded in May 1975 by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann.[2] His theories about the interrelation of consciousness and quantum physics were described by Newsweek in 2007 as "on the fringes of mainstream science."[3]



Wolf's interest in physics began as a child when he viewed a newsreel depicting the world's first atomic explosion.[4] Wolf received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from UCLA in 1963 and began researching the field of high atmospheric particle behavior following a nuclear explosion.[4]

He has appeared as the resident physicist on the Discovery Channel's The Know Zone, was a participant in the PBS series Closer to Truth,[5] and has appeared on radio talk shows and television shows across the United States and abroad.[4] He also appeared in the films What the#$*! Do We Know!? (2004),[6] The Secret (2006) and Spirit Space (2008).[7] He has lectured on subjects related to quantum physics and consciousness since the 1960s, often under the name Dr. Quantum or Captain Quantum [2]. He is also featured in the documentary about the Dalai Lama entitled Dalai Lama Renaissance,.[8]

His book "Taking the Quantum Leap: The New Physics for Nonscientists" won the National Book Award as science paperback for 1980 from the National Book Foundation.[9]

He has taught at San Diego State University, the University of Paris, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of London, and Birkbeck College.[10]


  • What the#$*! Do We Know!? (2004) Lord of the Wind Films, LLC
  • What the BLEEP – Down the Rabbit Hole - Quantum Edition Multi-Disc DVD Set (2006) Lord of the Wind Films, LLC
  • The Secret (2006) Prime Time Productions
  • Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007) Wakan Films
  • Spirit Space (2008) WireWerks Digital Media Productions
  • Rabbit Hole (film) (2010). Wolf's name is visible on a book on parallel universes, an important concept in the film.

See also


  1. ^ "Australian Broadcasting Corporation biographical sketch". ABC Online. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 
  2. ^ Kaiser, David. "Lecture: How the Hippies Saved Physics", WGBH PBS, April 28, 2010, from 04:00 mins, particularly from 11:00 mins and 23:00 mins.
    • Kaiser, David. How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival. W W Norton & Co Inc, 2011 (forthcoming).
  3. ^ "No New Thinking in Rhonda Byrne's Publishing Phenom 'The Secret'", Newsweek, February 25, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c Wolf, Fred Alan. "Welcome to the Parallel Universes of Dr. Fred Alan Wolf AKA Dr. Quantum". 
  5. ^ Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, participant in Closer to Truth
  6. ^ "What the Bleep? website". 
  7. ^ "Spirit Space website". 
  8. ^ "Dalai Lama Renaissance Documentary Film website". 
  9. ^ "National Book Awards". 
  10. ^ "". 
  11. ^ [1] review of "The Spiritual Universe: One Physicists Vision of Spirit, Soul, Matter, and Self" by Lawrence B. Crowell , Committee for Skeptical Inquiry online, publishers of "Skeptical Inquirer." viewed Feb. 26, 2007
  12. ^ "The Yoga For Time And Travel review in Times of India". Time of India. February 24, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-27. 

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