Courant’s Deift, Who has Shown a Connection Between Quantum Physics and Solitaire, Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Percy Deift, a professor at New York University s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the Washington, D.C.-based organization announced today. Deift s work has shown a powerful similarity between a simple form of solitaire and random matrices, a mathematical tool originally developed to decipher the quantum behavior of large atoms.