I had the marvelous good fortune to be Ken Wilson's graduate student at the Physics Department, Cornell University, from 1972 to 1976. In this article, I present some recollections of how this came about, my interactions with Ken, and Cornell during this period; and acknowledge my debt to Ken, and to John Wilkins and Michael Fisher, who I was privileged to have as my main mentors at Cornell. I end with some thoughts on the challenges of reforming education, a subject that was one of Ken's major preoccupations in the second half of his professional life.
- Pub Date:
- December 2016
- Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics;
- Physics - Physics Education
- 13 pages, Preprint of an article published in the "Ken Wilson Memorial Volume: Renormalization, Lattice Gauge Theory, the Operator Product Expansion and Quantum Fields" Edited by: Belal E Baaquie, Kerson Huang, Michael E Peskin and K K Phua (World Scientific, May 2015)