Departments of Physics and Computer Science
Kalamazoo CollegeKalamazoo, MI 49006
B.A., Summa Cum Laude, Physics, Amherst College, 1975
Ph.D., Cornell University, Physics, 1980
My research involves using computer simulations to understand a wide variety of systems, particularly near phase transitions. At present I am working on modeling three dimensional melting of colloid suspensions, network analysis of the U.S. patent citation database, asset exchange models of wealth distributions (see for example our work on the Asset Exchange Model), lattice models of earthquakes, and models relevant to neuroscience.
Previous research has included simulations of the glass transition, granular matter, diffusion in porous media, lattice models of lipid bilayers, quantum Monte Carlo simulations of disordered superconductors, and two dimensional melting. Funding for much of this research has come from the Petroleum Research Fund (PRF) of the American Chemical Society.
I have been particularly interested in teaching students how to write and use computer simulations to do physics. My colleague, Harvey Gould at Clark University, and I have written the text An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods on this subject. Along with a new author, Wolfgang Christian of Davidson College, we have published the third edition which uses Java. We have also developed a set of open source Java classes which can be used in conjunction with our text ( open source physics or osp on github). Check out comPADRE or the simulations in physics web site to find out more. This latter site also includes links to other relevant sites and information on a column previously edited by Harvey Gould and myself for over 10 years in the journals Computing in Science and Engineering and Computers in Physics. Currently, we edit the Computational Physics Section of the American Journal of Physics
Preprints on Physics Archive