What's Mathematical Physics to Physics?

What's Mathematical Physics to Physics?


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1987-1988).

Dr. Fisher was recently appointed the Wilson H. Elkins Professor in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology of the University of Maryland. Previously he was Horace White Professor of Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics at Cornell University, where he had taught since 1966. Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Dr. Fisher earned the Ph.D. degree in 1957 from King's College, London, where he was lecturer, reader, and professor of physics. He has also held distinguished visiting positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Rockefeller University, Stanford and Harvard universities, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; most recently he was visiting professor at the University of Oxford and the Weizmann Institute. Honors for Dr. Fisher's work have included the Wolf Prize in Physics, two Guggenheim fellowships, the New York Academy of Sciences Award in Physical and Mathematical Science, the Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics, and the Guthrie Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (U.K.). He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Royal Society, and is an honorary fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Dr. Fisher is co-author of Analogue Compouting at Ultra-High Speed, The Nature of Critical Points, and The Theory of Equilibrium Critical Phenomena, as well as numerous articles in professional journals. He has served on the editorial boards of Communications in Mathematical Physics, Journal of Statistical Physics, Chemical Physics, and Journal of Theoretical Biology, among others.

His Work: Dr. Fisher's research has been in the field of electronic analogue computing ( experimental and theoretical), statistical mechanics and chemical physics of condensed matter (theory of polymers, magnetism, phase transitions and critical and multicritical phenomena, liquid helium, wetting, rigorous foundations, etc.), and associated mathematical problems, including Toeplitz matrices, asymptotic approximation, and numerical analysis of power series.

His Lecture: February 27, 1988: "What's Mathematical Physics to Physics?"


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February 27, 1988

What's Mathematical Physics to Physics?