H. Brans


 “Education is an admirable thing,


nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

Oscar Wilde, 1890


Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.






As of August 2008 I am resigning my full-time position at Loyola and entering Emeritus status. I will continue my research with the support of my colleagues and my endowed Professorship funds. For the remainder of 2008 I will also maintain my office and address at Loyola.



  • J. C. Carter Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics
  • Recipient of Humboldt Senior Research award, 1998
  • Ph. D. Physics, Princeton, 1961.   Thesis: Mach's Principle and a Varying Gravitational Constant
  • General Research Interests: general relativity and related mathematics, spacetime models, differential topology
  • Selected Publications: "Gravity and the Tenacious Scalar Field," gr-qc 9705069, Schucking Festschrift. "Cosmological Anomalies and Exotic Smoothness," (with Asselmeyer) gr-qc/0110043,  Gen. Rel. Grav. 34, 1767 (2002). “The roots of scalar-tensor theory:an approximate history”, gr-qc/0506063. contribution to Cuba workshop, 2004, Exotic Smoothness and Physics: Differential Topology and Spacetime Models, with T. Asselmeyer-Maluga, WSP(2007)
  • Other 2007 work:
  • University of Houston Colloquium lecture, April 2007: “Rise and Fall of Scalars…” See uh/Scalars-UH-07.pdf
  • Albert Einstein Institute, Golm, Germany, Colloquium lecture, may 2007, “Exotic Smoothness and Spacetime Models”, See aei/ex-talk-aei-2007.pdf  (amended 4/16/08)
  • Annalen der Physik, Mashhoon Fest issue, to appear, “New Level of Relativity”, See mashhoon-fest/relativitylevels-mashhoon-2007.pdf
  • Review of early work: Dave Kaiser wrote a nice summary of the introduction of scalar fields in , including Brans-Dicke, in the June 2007 issue of Scientific American. A copy is available at
  • kaiser-SA-article-part.pdf

Current Research Interests: .For several years now I have been studying recent work in differential topology on exotic differentiable structures on topologically trivial spaces looking to  possible applications to spacetime models used in physical theories. Torsten Asselmeyer(Berlin) and I have finished a research monographs, Exotic Smoothness and Physics published by World Scientific 2007. See our page:
I am also reviewing the various roles of  scalar fields in gravitional field theory as dilatons, Jordan-Brans-Dicke fields, etc. in contemporary physics.

Special notes after  Katrina, 8/29/05

Last update: 9/7/06

For former students, 9/7/06

First, thank you for all of your expressions of concern and support. As of now, we really can’t answer everyone individually, but we will get to it eventually. In the meantime, I know you have received the form letter sent out last week. More on that later also.  We (Physics) are preparing a web page with general background information and will let you know how to access it. To provide an alternative to the administration’s party line, “Pathways…,” some people have prepared an off campus site,

as a vehicle for general university faculty input, independent of the administrative site. I suggest you check it out.

Anyway, more on this later…

Again, thanks for all of your personal e-mails.

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