Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

About Sam Coale

Sam Coale is an English professor whose main interests are American literature, particularly contemporary and pre–Civil War, and contemporary American culture and society. He frequently writes book reviews and has published several books, including The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural
Differences and Designs (2000), and Mesmerism and Hawthorne: Mediums of American Romance (1998). He is currently writing a book about critics of Hawthorne from 1840 to 2005, The Entanglements of Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Quirks of the Quantum.

Quantum leaps

Quantum leaps

Samuel CoaleConnecting physics and literature, setting off intellectual fireworks

In my many years of experience as a professor, there is nothing like the excitement of a new idea or insight—that leap of thought that suddenly sends you off in search of new territories and discoveries. I’m reminded of that each time I prepare to teach “Sex, Lies and Quantum Leaps,” and I recall how it all began.

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