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James Sethna

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Professor, Department of Physics, Cornell-Ithaca

James Sethna is Professor of Physics at Cornell University, and member of the Fields of Computational Biology, Computational Science and Engineering, and Applied Mathematics. He has a BA from Harvard (1977) and a PhD from Princeton (1981, under P. W. Anderson). Sethna has made extensive contributions to condensed matter theory, materials science, statistical mechanics, and the dynamics of disordered systems under strain. In systems biology, his group has led the investigation of the sloppy dependence of model predictions as parameters are varied, crucial to the understanding of prediction errors and model falsifiability. Sethna has written a textbook, “Statistical Mechanics: Entropy, Order Parameters, and Complexity”,  (Oxford University Press, 2006).

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