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Prof Alan Sokal
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Department of Mathematics
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Statistical Mechanics & Combinatorics
  • Dept of Mathematics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
Research Groups
Research Summary

My current research centers on topics at the interface between combinatorics and analysis.  In particular, I am interested in novel and unexpected positivity properties that arise for some combinatorially defined polynomials and power series.  Some of these properties are closely connected with the Stieltjes moment problem and with continued fractions.


I am also 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.

Academic Background
1981 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Physics Princeton University
1976 AB Artium Baccalaureus – Physics Harvard University
1976 AM Master of Arts – Physics Harvard University
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