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Stephon Alexander

Stephon Alexander - Author of the Jazz of Physics.

About Stephon Alexander

An experienced physics professor who has taught at Dartmouth College and Haverford College, Stephon Alexander is also a longtime jazz saxophonist who is currently at work on the book Jazz of Physics. Stephon Alexander’s work engages readers in understanding how improvisation and geometric reasoning connect in both disciplines.

In particular, Mr. Alexander compares the exploratory playing of Pat Martino and John Coltrane with the equally inventive research achievements of luminaries such as Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman. The trade book is set to be published by Basic Books.

Mr. Alexander’s background in music included playing saxophone in East Coast clubs while completing a PhD in theoretical physics at Brown University. Taking a sabbatical from teaching at Dartmouth College in 2012, Stephon Alexander met the Brooklyn-based electronic artist Rioux and engaged in a discussion that ranged from astrophysics to musical influences. The initial result was the song Here Comes Now, which combines Afro-Caribbean beats, psychedelia, and spoken word in describing the universe’s creation. The song ultimately inspired an eclectic 2014 album of the same title.

Work Experience

Jul 2012Jul 2015

Associate Professor

Dartmouth College
Jul 2008Jul 2012

Associate Professor

Haverford College
Jul 2005Jul 2008

Assistant Professor

Penn State University


Sep 2002Sep 2005

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stanford University
Sep 1993Jun 2000


Brown University
Sep 1989Jul 1993