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N. David Mermin

Horace White Professor of Physics Emeritus

N. David Mermin

Educational Background

A.B. 1956, Mathematics, Harvard;

Ph.D.,1961, Physics, Harvard.


Theoretical condensed-matter; foundations of quantum mechanics.


  • Physics

Graduate Fields

  • Physics


  • Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP)


My current activities are described on my homepage (



Space and Time in Special Relativity, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1968.

Solid State Physics, with N. W. Ashcroft, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York,  1976. Translations: Russian, 1979; Japanese, 1981-2; Polish, 1986; German, 2001; French, 2002; Portuguese, 2011.

Boojums all the Way Through, Cambridge University Press, 1990. Translations: Japanese, 1994.

It's About Time: Understanding Einstein's Relativity, Princeton University Press, 2005. Translations: Polish, 2008; Romanian, 2009; German, 2016; Greek, 2017.

Quantum Computer Science, Cambridge University Press, 2007.  Translations: Japanese, 2009; French, 2010.

Why Quark Rhymes with Pork and Other Scientific Diversions, Cambridge University Press, 2016.