Prof. Mark A. Peterson
Office: Clapp 423
Office hours: Clapp 423, T 2:30-4, F 3:15-5, and by appointment
Courses, Fall '14
Physics 100, Fundamentals of Physics
Math 112, History of Mathematics through Galileo
Math 202, Calculus II
Student Research Projects
Book, Oct. 2011
of Galileo's Muse
Model for Energy Transfer by Coherent Fermi Pressure Fluctuations in Quantum Soft Matter,
Galileo's New Mathematical Philosophy, Forum Italicum 49 (May, 2015), 119-138.
The Geometry of Ciliary Dynamics
, Phys. Rev. E80 (2009), 011923.
Lagrangian Crumpling Equations
, Phys. Rev. E80 (2009), 021602.
The Geometry of Paradise,
The Mathematical Intelligencer 30
(Fall, 2008), pp. 14-19.
Elliptic Function Representation of Doubly Periodic Stokes Flows"
, (preprint, August, 2006) with Danti Chen '09 and Becky Ding '09.
Galileo's Discovery of Scaling Laws
American Journal of Physics 70
Turbulence on a Desktop
Computers in Science and Engineering
, May/June 2001.
"Mathematical Meristems," Ecoles des Houches No. 14,
Branching in Nature
ed. V. Fleury, J.-F. Gouyet, and M. Leonetti, EDP Sciences, Les Ulis 2001.
Nonuniqueness and Turbulence
Singular Laplacian Growth
Physical Review E57
The Geometry of Piero della Francesca
The Mathematical Intelligencer
, vol 19 (Summer, '97), 33-40.
`` Theory of Deformable Substrates for Cell Motility Studies,"
Biophysical Journal 71
, (1996), 657-669.
`` Membrane Hydrodynamics at Low Reynolds Number,"
Physical Review E53
, (1996), 731.
Laboratories in mathematical experimentation
(Springer, 1997. Projects for a sophomore course in mathematical investigation; written by the members of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Mount Holyoke College)
The Invention of Infinity, by J.V. Field,
Nexus Network Journal
The Architectonics of Humanism
, by Lionel March, Nexus Network Journal, April 2000.
The Case of Galileo: A Closed Question?
, by Annibale Fantoli, Notre Dame University Press, 2012.
Pythagoras and Renaissance Europe: Finding Heaven, by Christiane Joost-Gaugier, Cambridge University Press, 2009, reviewed in The Mathematical Intelligencer, 2012.
Between Raphael and Galileo: Mutio Oddi and the Mathematical Culture of Late Renaissance Italy
, by Alexander Marr, University of Chicago Press, 2011, reviewed in the Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (
Evolution of Planar Domains (1988)
The Red Blood Cell Shape (1989)
Laplacian Growth (1992)
Models of Turbulence (1999)
Dynamics of Cilia (2010)
Mod P Calculator
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