I’m a mathematician and physicist whose research focus is on quantum information and the foundations of mathematics and physics, and whatever else happens to interest me at a given moment. I am currently Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Computational Physical Sciences Program at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH where I have also served time as Chair of both the Physics and Mathematics departments. In addition, I am very actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and am a veteran of five start-up companies (I’m currently leading an algorithm development project with this one: Kitchology). I live on the lovely coast of Maine with my family. I am also a musician who works in a variety of different genres and with a variety of different instruments. I have released music under the name Dark Harbour and perform under my own name as well. I am originally from Buffalo – and am proud of it so jokes are not appreciated! As for Moxie, it is my favorite beverage…

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13 Responses to “About”

  1. quantummoxie Says:

    I suppose I ought include here some things that I enjoy outside of physics (wouldn’t want people to think this stuff consumes my life). So, outside of physics I enjoy fishing (see the Trout category on the right), kayaking, hiking, writing, reading, music (listening, performing, and composing), staring at the stars, and a million other little things depending on the day. I have ADD and as a counselor once said, the danger for people with ADD is that they can potentially find just about anything interesting.

    • Kevin Staley Says:

      Hey, I just saw your April 28 comment on the Krauss controversy. I think it is grand that you are accused of being a philosopher. I would even give you a pass on drinking the hemlock, should the relevant campus constituencies determine that such would be the appropriate course of action for the rest of us. — K.M.S.

      • quantummoxie Says:

        More likely, I suspect the relevant campus constituencies would like most of Goulet to drink the hemlock…

  2. John C. Haumesser, MD Says:


    Nice article about Tim.

    Please allow this AK alumnus to make one major correction. It is John G. Sturm, SJ. Fr. Sturm has mellowed over the years (He is my patient); but, he would take issue with your neglect.

    Fix it, mister!

    Best wishes-
    John C. Haumesser, MD
    CHS ’65

  3. quantummoxie Says:

    John, thanks for the correction!! Indeed, Fr. Sturm would be distressed. I shall change it.

  4. […] and at that time it was John G. Sturm, S.J. (awesome name for the position – and thanks to John C. Haumesser, MD, CHS ‘65 for making sure I wrote it the correct way!). Father Sturm was one of those guys who you could have […]

  5. J. Zheng-Johansson Says:

    Hi Dr Durham

    Good to known you from your interesting web/blog page.

    I was at the March meeting 2003 last time (with a generous donation from the Studsvik Nuclear AB), would like to go each year but currently limited by lack of funding. I go to conferences once or twice a year in europe, that is the limit.

    In case you are interested, relevant to my this year’s March meeting abstract there is an eprint paper “Internally Electrodynamic Particle Model: Its Experimental Basis and Its Predictions”, (submitted, 2008); (preprint): arxiv:0812.3951.
    (Fig 3 correctly should be a right-traveling EM wave).

    Enjoy your talk and the rest conference.

    Best regards,
    J. Zheng-Johansson

  6. Raúl Simón Says:

    Hi, Tim (if you don’t mind my calling you so). It’s me again, from Chile. I got a MSc in Physics from Georgetown University (that was in 1979, long ago); then I went to BU for a degree in Astronomy and Physics which I didn’t finish. When in the boston area, I visited New Hampshire and the coast of Maine.
    As I told you before, I started my research life studying Eddington’s last books, and spend nearly 20 years doing that on and off. I wrote papers for the PIRT (Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory) Conferences, which are held in London every two years since–at least—1988; in 2000, I finally managed to get there and meet the organizers.
    Currently, I am trying to switch to another subject (probably fluid mechanics), but the subject of Eddington and the Dirac equation keeps reappearing in my field of vision. Oh, by the way, here nobody gives a hoot for it.
    I am also an amateur mathematician with an interest in Euclidean geometry. I enjoy solving problemns from the Math and Physics Olympiads.
    Other things I enjoy are: music, concertgoing, trekking (not done much lately, for economic reasons), writing (poetry and prose), moderate socializing, and cheese (I remember the Vermont cheddar).
    See you…

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  8. Hi Dr. Durham,

    I’m getting in touch from the Institute of Art and Ideas in London. One of our most recent video releases, filmed at our annual philosophy and ideas festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, is one that I think will interest readers of Quantum Moxie.

    In the talk, Philosopher of Physics James Ladyman asks what it would really mean for us if there are other world’s out there…

    I thought it would be a wise idea to see if you’d like to do a short piece linking to the video on your blog, or perhaps post a link to the video on your Facebook page or Twitter account. Below this email I include the video link, as well as our FB and Twitter handles.

    We like to form solid and enduring relationships with the key players in the different fields that we cover, so if you ever have content that is relevant to our talks/debates and you want us to share it then do let us know.

    If this is not the right line of contact to pursue, I’d be grateful if you could let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many thanks and best regards,






  9. I’ve nominated you for a One Very Inspiring Blogger Award

  10. Hi Ian, I’ve just recently become acquainted, nay fascinated, by Eddington and his works. I’m reading your thesis now (props on that) and would love to establish a dialogue. In particular, I’m interested in exploring Eddington’s work in a “category theory” perspective. Having just finished reading “Nature” for the first time, my cat senses are tingling! Again, great thesis, still reading, reach out if you like! ricardo lives at future-scape, extension commerce.

    • quantummoxie Says:

      Wow! I’m somewhat embarrassed by my thesis, but then I suppose most people are. It’s not that great. I’m fascinated that you’re interested in this stuff from a category theoretic standpoint as I have done some work in category theory. I would be interested to hear what you have to say!

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