Ruminations on emergent phenomena in condensed phases of matter
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Packing it in
It is amazing and encouraging to me how there are still outstanding problems in science and mathematics that are so simple that statement of the problem can be understood by high school students. An example which has attracted a lot of interest in the past year is the problem of finding the optimum packing efficiency of tetrahedra.
There is a nice New York Times article and a Wolfram blog post about this.
I have fun at work trying to use quantum many-body theory to understand electronic, optical, and magnetic properties of complex materials.
I am married to the lovely Robin and have two children at university and used to have a dog, Elsie (in the photo).
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