Paul Hosmer

Paul T. Hosmer

Chairman and Associate Professor of Physics
“Nature, being inherently harmonious, is beautiful, and physics is an attempt to discover what factors combine, and in what ways and in what proportions, to create the harmony which we describe as physical laws. In other words, physics studies the beauty of nature.”
— Paul Hosmer

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Paul T. Hosmer


Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005

M.S., Michigan State University, 2001

B.A., Hillsdale College, 1999


American Physical Society
Ohio-Region Section – APS

American Association of Physics Teachers
Michigan Section – AAPT

Sigma Pi Sigma

Sigma Zeta

Phi Kappa Phi

Talks: Physics in Classical Education

Physics in a Classical Education. Spring Meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, April 8, 2017.

Teaching Physics Through the Founding Fathers. Fall Meeting of the Michigan Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI, October 15, 2016.

Science Essays

The Study of Physics Within the Liberal Arts

82.3% Eclipse of the Heart. Essay for The Hillsdale Forum. Vol III, Issue 18, October 2017.

Courses Taught

PHY 100: Great Principles of Physics
PHY 101: College Physics I
PHY 102: College Physics II
PHY 110: Meteorology
PHY 303: Theoretical Physics I
PHY 304: Theoretical Physics II
PHY 310: Experimental Physics I
PHY 421: Mechanics
PHY 471: Advanced Experimental Physics: Nuclear
PHY 507: Nuclear and Atomic Physics
PHY 511: Quantum Mechanics II
SCI 101: Physical Science
Honors 250: The Liberal Arts Tradition
Honors 252: Interstellar Travel
Collegiate Scholars 101: The Liberal Arts Tradition
Collegiate Scholars 260: Science and the Founding Fathers