Joshua Socolar

Joshua Socolar

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
096 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, 107 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2557


Prof. Socolar is interested in collective behavior in condensed matter and dynamical systems. His current research interests include:

  • Limit-periodic structures, quasicrystals, packing problems, and tiling theory;
  • Self-assembly and phases of designed colloidal particles;
  • Organization and dynamics of complex networks;
  • Topological elasticity of mechanical lattices.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1987

  • B.A., Haverford College 1980

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Junior Fellow awarded by Harvard Society of Fellows (1987 to 1990)

Cheng, Xianrui, et al. “Delayed transition to new cell fates during cellular reprogramming.Developmental Biology, vol. 391, no. 2, July 2014, pp. 147–57. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ydbio.2014.04.015. Full Text

Sun, Mengyang, et al. “Causal structure of oscillations in gene regulatory networks: Boolean analysis of ordinary differential equation attractors.Chaos (Woodbury, N.Y.), vol. 23, no. 2, June 2013, p. 025104. Epmc, doi:10.1063/1.4807733. Full Text

Cheng, Xianrui, et al. “Autonomous Boolean modelling of developmental gene regulatory networks.Journal of the Royal Society, Interface, vol. 10, no. 78, Jan. 2013, p. 20120574. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0574. Full Text

Byington, T., and J. E. S. Socolar. “Hierarchical freezing of limit-periodic structure.” Physical Review E, Nov. 2012.

Gong, Xinwei, and Joshua E. S. Socolar. “Quantifying the complexity of random Boolean networks.Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 85, no. 6 Pt 2, June 2012, p. 066107. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.85.066107. Full Text

Socolar, J. E. S., and J. M. Taylor. “Forcing Nonperiodicity with a Single Tile.” Mathematical Intelligencer, vol. 34, no. 1, Mar. 2012, pp. 18–28. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s00283-011-9255-y. Full Text

Durrett, Richard, et al. “Graph fission in an evolving voter model.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 109, no. 10, Mar. 2012, pp. 3682–87. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1200709109. Full Text

Byington, Travis W., and Joshua E. S. Socolar. “Hierarchical freezing in a lattice model.Physical Review Letters, vol. 108, no. 4, Jan. 2012, p. 045701. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.108.045701. Full Text

Khalil, Karim S., et al. “Binary colloidal structures assembled through Ising interactions.Nature Communications, vol. 3, Jan. 2012, p. 794. Epmc, doi:10.1038/ncomms1798. Full Text

Sun, M., and J. E. S. Socolar. “Comparison of autonomous Boolean network dynamics and ODE models.” Chaos, 2012.