Article ID: CBB058803175

The origin of computational statistical mechanics in France (2019)


D. Levesque (Author)
J. P. Hansen (Author)

European Physical Journal H
Volume: 44
Issue: 1
Pages: 37-46
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

The two main methodologies of computational Statistical Mechanics, namely the stochastic Monte Carlo and the deterministic Molecular Dynamic methods, were developed in the USA in the mid 1950’s. In the present paper we show how these “computer experiments” migrated to Europe in the 60s, and first bloomed at the Orsay Science Faculty, before spreading throughout Europe. Collaborations between the Orsay group, led by Loup Verlet, and pioneering groups in the USA and Europe are pointed out. Finally it is shown how the celebrated Verlet algorithm for the integration of classical equations of motion can be traced back to Isaac Newton.

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Authors & Contributors
Michel Mareschal
Battimelli, Giovanni
Bishop, Robert C.
Boughn, Stephen
Esposito, Salvatore
Ghosh, Jayanta K.
European Physical Journal H
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Circumscribere: International Journal for the History of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Osiris: A Research Journal Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Cambridge University Press
Columbia University Press
MIT Press
Computational methods
Statistical mechanics
Science education and teaching
Bayes, Thomas
Brillouin, Léon Nicolas
Gardin, Jean-Claude
Maier, Michael
Newton, Isaac
Poincaré, Jules Henri
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century, early
16th century
17th century
18th century
United States
Brussels (Belgium)
United States. Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos

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