Thomas A. Moore

  • Expertise


    Thomas Moore is a theoretical astrophysicist who has done most of his published research on the generation and detection of gravitational waves. Currently, he is working to better understand what space-based gravitational wave detectors should expect to see and what they might tell us about the universe. He is also deeply interested in problems in physics education and has published several papers (as well as given a number of talks and workshops) on new approaches to teaching physics.

    He served for seven years on the steering committee of the Introductory University Physics Project, and his work for that project led him to write a fairly radical introductory physics textbook titled Six Ideas That Shaped Physics (third edition, 2017). He is also the author of two other textbooks, A General Relativity Workbook (2013) and A Traveler’s Guide to Spacetime (1996)

    Research Interests

    • Generation and detection of gravitational waves
    • Physics education
    • The measurement problem in quantum mechanics
    • The intersection between philosophy, religion and science

    Areas of Expertise


    • General Relativity
    • Gravitational Waves
    • Physics Education
    • Science and Religion
  • Work


    Six Ideas That Shaped Physics (3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2017)

    "Using worksheets to solve the Einstein equation," American Journal of Physics, 84(5), May 2016

    A General Relativity Workbook (University Science Books, 2013)

    With Nelson Christensen “Teaching general relativity to undergraduates,” Physics Today, 65(6), June 2012

    With C. Wainwright (‘07), “Observing the positions of spinning binary systems using LISA,” Physical Review D, 79, 024022, January 22, 2009

    Book review of Gravity from the Ground Up: an Introductory Guide to Gravity and General Relativity, by B. Schutz, American Journal of Physics, 73(2), February 2005

    With Ronald W. Hellings, “The information content of gravitational wave harmonics in compact binary inspiral,” Class. Quantum Grav. 20, 10, S181-S192, May 21, 2003

    A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime (McGraw-Hill, 1996)

  • Education


    Yale University

    Master of Philosophy
    Yale University

    Bachelor of Arts
    Carleton College

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Electrodynamics
    • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    • Foundations of Modern Physics
    • Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
    • Introduction to Mechanics
    • General Relativity
    • Spacetime, Quanta, and Entropy
    • Critical Inquiry Seminar
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College, Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1991

    Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1976