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- Professor of Statistical Mechanics & Combinatorics
- Dept of Mathematics
- Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
My research centers on topics at the interface between mathematical physics (notably statistical mechanics and quantum field theory) and combinatorics, together with a strong dose of probability and complex analysis. In particular, I am interested in the real and complex zeros of combinatorially defined polynomials such as the Tutte polynomial (and its specializations such as the chromatic polynomial and the flow polynomial), and their relation to phase transitions in statistical mechanics. Some of this work leads to the investigation of "classical" problems in complex analysis.
I am also interested in developing, analyzing and applying Markov-chain Monte Carlo algorithms for problems in statistical physics. This involves methods of probability theory along with large-scale computation.
|1981||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy – Physics||Princeton University|
|1976||AB||Artium Baccalaureus – Physics||Harvard University|
|1976||AM||Master of Arts – Physics||Harvard University|