# Richard G. Palmer

## Professor Emeritus of Physics

### Overview

Professor Richard G. Palmer is currently working on theories of statistical mechanics. He is interested in the application and development of statistical physics methods for many types of complex systems, including glasses and spin glasses, neural networks, genetic algorithms, and economic markets. The long-term goal of his work is to establish firm theoretical foundations for understanding the emergence of structure, complexity, and computational ability in driven systems of interacting adaptive components. He is also author of two books on the theory of neural networks and on the theory of extinction.

Gould, H., et al. “Asymptotic form of the mean spherical approximation for the internal energy of the classical one-component plasma.” *Journal of Statistical Physics*, vol. 21, no. 1, July 1979, pp. 55–64. *Scopus*, doi:10.1007/BF01011481.
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Anderson, P. W., et al. “Comment on "The third law of thermodynamics and the theory of spin glasses" by E.P. Wohlfarth.” *Physics Letters A*, vol. 62, no. 6, Sept. 1977. *Scopus*, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(77)90693-4.
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Thouless, D. J., et al. “Solution of ‘Solvable model of a spin glass’.” *Philosophical Magazine*, vol. 35, no. 3, Jan. 1977, pp. 593–601. *Scopus*, doi:10.1080/14786437708235992.
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Palmer, R. G. “Neutron star cores.” *Astrophysics and Space Science*, vol. 34, no. 1, Apr. 1975, pp. 209–22. *Scopus*, doi:10.1007/BF00646761.
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Anderson, P. W., et al. “Positively charged isospin wave softening and proton lattice in neutron stars.” *Lettere Al Nuovo Cimento*, vol. 12, no. 6, Feb. 1975, pp. 165–70. *Scopus*, doi:10.1007/BF02785970.
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Palmer, R. G., and P. W. Anderson. “Corresponding-states approach to nuclear and neutron-star matter.” *Physical Review D*, vol. 9, no. 12, Jan. 1974, pp. 3281–91. *Scopus*, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.9.3281.
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Palmer, R. G., and J. D. Weeks. “Exact solution of the mean spherical model for charged hard spheres in a uniform neutralizing background.” *The Journal of Chemical Physics*, Jan. 1973, pp. 4171–74. *Scopus*, doi:10.1063/1.1678973.
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