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Front cover detail of "Physics for Future Presidents" by Richard A. Muller
Front cover detail of "Physics for Future Presidents" by Richard A. Muller

In January next year, a new American president will step into the Oval Office and into a mess of challenges from energy crisis and terrorism to global climate change.

Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller has a few things he'd like that president to know about the science around those challenges.

From solar power to dirty bombs, he reminds us, the world is real. You can't just wave a wand. His celebrated course "Physics for Future Presidents" is one of Berkeley's most popular.

This hour, On Point: We get the briefing, the short course. Physics for Future Presidents.Guest:

Richard A. Muller, professor of physics at the University of California at Berkeley and a MacArthur Fellowship winner, he is the author of "Physics for Future Presidents: The Science Behind the Headlines."

Links:

Excerpts from "Physics for Future Presidents" on the book's official website.

See the website for Muller's popular Berkeley course.

This program aired on July 21, 2008.

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