I use a productive diagnostic physics method for investigating complex natural systems as evolving autonomous networks that develop by local evolutionary processes.
The method traces inflection points in the empirical curves of developmental processes, building on basic principles of mathematical continuity and physics. It was developed over many years starting from independent studies after graduate school in architecture. I got a B.S in physics from St. Lawrence Univ. in 1968 were my original labs were experiments with how things misbehave. I built an electric piano with one note that was different every time, played with chaotic servo mechanisms, an optical yardstick that was so sensitive it registered footsteps on the third floor of the lab building in vibrations of the basement floor, and an acoustical holography experiment that looked simple but proved much too complex. In hindsight I turned to architecture to find more of the questions that physics was not asking, and after graduate school at the U. Penn. in Philadelphia started work renovating buildings and between jobs took a portable microclimate lab I made around to study how the indoor climates of buildings evolved. Every hour of every day the heat transfer processes of convention continually invent new forms. Since then I’ve done research in the fields of general systems theory, pattern recognition, economics, paleontology, criminology, sustainability and others. The turning points in the derivatives of system development curves signal the type and location of emergent transformational processes taking place. So, with some good work done I’m still struggling to get things published. For more detail see my research CV, my publications list and my online bio.