- Professor Emeritus
- CAS 518
- B.S., Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Neutron stars; high-energy astrophysics; cosmology and relativity; historical astronomy.
Professor Brecher’s astrophysical research interests center on a range of topics in theoretical high-energy astrophysics including neutron stars, pulsars, x-ray binary sources, supernovae and gamma-ray bursters. He is currently engaged in several materials, software, hardware and curriculum development projects for use in K – 12, undergraduate and informal science education. He is the Principal Investigator on “Project LITE: Light Inquiry Through Experiments”, which is developing materials about light, optics, color and perception (http://lite.bu.edu ). He is co-initiator and Project Scientist on the “MicroObservatory Project” which has developed a network of automated astronomical telescopes for student use (http://mo-www.harvard.edu/MicroObservatory/). He has also worked on the history of astronomy, archaeoastronomy and the application of early astronomical records to modern astrophysical problems.