MAA Writing Awards
An Introduction to the Ising Model
Award: Merten Hasse
Year of Award: 1991
Publication Information: American Mathematics Monthly, Vol. 94, (1987), pp. 937-959.
Summary: A look at the combinatorial aspects of the Ising model which establishes some of the basic results concerning phase transitions.
About the Author: (from American Mathematics Monthly, Vol. 94, (1987), Barry Cipra received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1980. He has been an instructor at M.I.T. and at the Ohio State University, and is currently an assistant professor of mathematics at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. He is the author of Misteaks and How to Find Them Before the Teacher Does, published by Birkhauser Boston.