**Office Location:** 091 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708**Email Address:** palmer@phy.duke.edu**Web Page:** http://www.phy.duke.edu/~palmer/

**Specialties:**

Nonlinear dynamics and complex systems

Theoretical condensed matter physics

**Education:**

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

Theoretical Physics, Cambridge Univ, 1973

**Research Categories:** *Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics*

**Research Description:** 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.

**Recent Publications**
(More Publications)

- Palmer, R,
*Statistical mechanics approaches to complex optimization problems*, in The Economy as an Evolving Complex System: The Proceedings of the Evolutionary Paths of the Global Economy Workshop, Held September, 1987 in Santa Fe, New Mexico (January, 2018), pp. 177-194, CRC Press [doi] [abs]. - Hertz, J; Krogh, A; Palmer, RG,
*Introduction to the theory of neural computation*(January, 2018), pp. 1-327, CRC Press [doi] [abs]. - Anderson, PW; Thouless, DJ; Palmer, RG,
*Solution of ‘solvable model of a spin glass’*, in Career In Theoretical Physics, A (2nd Edition) (January, 2005), pp. 522-530 [doi] [abs]. - M.E.J. Newman and R.G. Palmer,
*Modeling Extinction*(Spring, 2003), Oxford University Press . - Dragoi, V; Staddon, JER; Palmer, RG; Buhusi, CV,
*Interval timing as an emergent learning property.*, Psychological review, vol. 110 no. 1 (January, 2003), pp. 126-144 [doi] [abs].

**Highlight:**

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.