Richard G. Palmer

Richard G. Palmer

Professor Emeritus of Physics

Office Location: 
091 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
(919) 660-2559


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.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) 1973

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. Full Text

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, p. 456. Scopus, doi:10.1016/0375-9601(77)90693-4. Full Text

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. Full Text

Palmer, R. G. “Neutron star cores.” Astrophysics and Space Science, vol. 34, no. 1, Apr. 1975, pp. 209–22. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF00646761. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text

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. Full Text