N. David Mermin
|Born||30 March 1935
New Haven, Connecticut, USA
University of California, San Diego
University of Birmingham
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Known for||Mermin–Wagner theorem
Lindhard–Mermin dielectric function
Coining the term 'boojum'
Mermin–Peres magic square
|Notable awards||Lilienfeld Prize (1989)
National Academy of Sciences (1991)
Klopsteg Memorial Award (1994)
Majorana Prize (2010)
Nathaniel David Mermin is a solid-state physicist at Cornell University best known for the eponymous Mermin–Wagner theorem, his application of the term "Boojum" to superfluidity, and for the quote "Shut up and calculate!"
- Henceforth, by 1 foot we shall mean the distance light travels in a nanosecond. A foot, if you will, is a light nanosecond (and a nanosecond, even more nicely, can be viewed as a light foot). …If it offends you to redefine the foot … then you may define 0.299792458 meters to be 1 phoot, and think "phoot" (conveniently evocative of the Greek φωτος, "light") whenever you read "foot".
This adaptation of a physical unit is one of several ploys that Mermin uses to draw students into space-time geometry.
- Ashcroft, Mermin 1976.
- It's About Time, page 22
- Ashcroft, Neil W.; Mermin, N. David (1976). Solid State Physics. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. ISBN 0-03-083993-9.
- Mermin, N. David (2005). It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-12201-4.
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- Mermin's homepage
- "What's wrong with those talks?" by David Mermin
- Mermin's festschrift in Foundations of Physics
- David Mermin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project