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Christopher Jargocki (born Krzysztof Piotr Jargocki, April 29, 1944 in Warsaw, Poland), also known by the pen name Christopher Jargodzki, is a Polish-born American physicist, author, and translator who is a professor at the University of Central Missouri, as well as the Director of the Center for Cooperative Phenomena[1]. He held a previous academic appointment at Northeastern University in Boston. His research interests include quantum field theory, physics education, and the interdisciplinary field of science and religion.

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Education

Christopher Jargocki was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. After studying physics at the University of Warsaw in 1961/62, he continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1966. After a long hiatus, he entered a doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his Ph.D. in elementary particle theory in 1981.

Writing career

From 1966 to 1975 Jargocki worked part-time as a translator of books and articles from Russian and other languages into English for the American Mathematical Society and SCITRAN (Santa Barbara).

His four books, the last two co-authored with Franklin Potter, deal primarily with paradoxes and misconceptions in physics and astronomy. The books have reached a wide international audience having been translated into about ten languages.

Awards

In 1996 he won a $10,000 award in the worldwide Science and Religion course competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation for a course entitled, Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialogue. The course has become a component of the core curriculum at the University of Central Missouri.

In 2002 the book Mad About Physics was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the best books of the year 2001 in the teen category.

Center for Cooperative Phenomena

In 2006, Jargocki founded the Center for Cooperative Phenomena to promote the study of the emergent, and specifically, cooperative phenomena at all levels of complexity from the physical to social sciences.

Selected Bibliography

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Books

  • Science Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Fallacies (1976, Charles Scribner’s Sons, hardcover, ISBN 0-684-14532-4)
  • Science Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Fallacies (1978, Charles Scribner’s Sons, paperback, ISBN 0-684-15585-0)
  • More Science Braintwisters and Paradoxes (1983, Van Nostrand Reinhold, hardcover, ISBN 0-442-24524-6)
  • Mad About Physics - Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities (2001, with Franklin Potter, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., quality paperback, ISBN 0-471-56961-5)[2]
  • Mad About Modern Physics - Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities (2005, with Franklin Potter as lead author, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., quality paperback, ISBN 0-471-44855-9).

Papers

  • C. Jargocki and M. Bander, Field-theoretic Version of a Two-Dimensional Coulomb Gas with Repulsive Cores, Physical Review B 23, Jan. 1, 1981
  • R. Aaron, M.H. Friedman, and C.P. Jargocki, Calculations of q¯2 q2 States in Potential Theory, Physical Review D 28, Oct. 1, 1983
  • C. Jargocki, Teleology versus Natural Selection in Anthropic Cosmology, Proceedings of the Institute for Liberal Studies, Vol. 4, Fall 1993.

Lectures

  • "From Reductionism to Emergence: Science Takes a Cooperative Turn,” a talk given at the international conference “Continuity & Change: Perspectives on Science and Religion,” June 6, 2006, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Cosmic Optimism: From the Principle of Maximum Diversity to Path Optimization,”[1] a talk given at the international conference “Transdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge: Beyond the ‘Science and Religion Dialogue,’” June 4, 2007, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • "From Stephen Hawking's Flexiverse to Synchronicity: Intimations of Our Transhuman Future,"[2] a talk given at the international conference "Cosmos, Nature, Culture: A Transdisciplinary Conference," July 18 – 21, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ.

Translations

  • V. T. Fomenko, “On Infinitesimal Deformations of Convex Surfaces with a Boundary Condition of Generalized Translation,” 1969 Math. USSR Sbornik 9. Translated from Russian.
  • M. L. Tsetlin, Automaton Theory and Modeling of Biological Systems (1973, Academic Press, hardcover, ISBN 0-12-701050-3). Translated from Russian.

References

1. ^ Peter Ford, “Burst bangers and brain busters,” Physics World, July 4, 2001[3].

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Christopher Jargocki (born Krzysztof Piotr Jargocki, April 29, 1944 in Warsaw, Poland), also known by the pen name Christopher Jargodzki, is a Polish-born American physicist, author, and translator who is a professor at the University of Central Missouri, as well as the Director of the Center for Cooperative Phenomena[1]. He held a previous academic appointment at Northeastern University in Boston.

Contents

Education

Jargocki was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. After studying physics at the University of Warsaw in 1961/62, he continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1966. He entered a doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine, where he received his doctorate in elementary particle theory in 1981.

Writing career

From 1966 to 1975 Jargocki worked part-time as a translator of books and articles from Russian and other languages into English for the American Mathematical Society and SCITRAN.

His four books, the last two co-authored with Franklin Potter, deal primarily with paradoxes and misconceptions in physics and astronomy.

Awards

In 1996 he won a $10,000 award in the worldwide science and religion course competition sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation for a course entitled, Science and Religion: From Conflict to Dialogue. The course has become a component of the core curriculum at the University of Central Missouri.

In 2002 the book Mad About Physics was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the best books of the year 2001 in the teen category.[citation needed]

Center for Cooperative Phenomena

In 2006, Jargocki founded the Center for Cooperative Phenomena to promote the study of the emergent, and specifically, cooperative phenomena at all levels of complexity from the physical to social sciences.[citation needed]

Selected bibliography

Books

  • Science Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Fallacies (1976, Charles Scribner’s Sons, hardcover, ISBN 0-684-14532-4)
  • Science Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Fallacies (1978, Charles Scribner’s Sons, paperback, ISBN 0-684-15585-0)
  • More Science Braintwisters and Paradoxes (1983, Van Nostrand Reinhold, hardcover, ISBN 0-442-24524-6)
  • Mad About Physics - Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities (2001, with Franklin Potter, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., quality paperback, ISBN 0-471-56961-5)[2]
  • Mad About Modern Physics - Braintwisters, Paradoxes, and Curiosities (2005, with Franklin Potter as lead author, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., quality paperback, ISBN 0-471-44855-9).

Papers

  • C. Jargocki and M. Bander, Field-theoretic Version of a Two-Dimensional Coulomb Gas with Repulsive Cores, Physical Review B 23, Jan. 1, 1981
  • R. Aaron, M.H. Friedman, and C.P. Jargocki, Calculations of q¯2 q2 States in Potential Theory, Physical Review D 28, Oct. 1, 1983
  • C. Jargocki, Teleology versus Natural Selection in Anthropic Cosmology, Proceedings of the Institute for Liberal Studies, Vol. 4, Fall 1993.

Lectures

  • "From Reductionism to Emergence: Science Takes a Cooperative Turn,” a talk given at the international conference “Continuity & Change: Perspectives on Science and Religion,” June 6, 2006, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • “Cosmic Optimism: From the Principle of Maximum Diversity to Path Optimization,”[1] a talk given at the international conference “Transdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge: Beyond the ‘Science and Religion Dialogue,’” June 4, 2007, in Philadelphia, PA.
  • "From Stephen Hawking's Flexiverse to Synchronicity: Intimations of Our Transhuman Future,"[2] a talk given at the international conference "Cosmos, Nature, Culture: A Transdisciplinary Conference," July 18 – 21, 2009, in Phoenix, AZ.

Translations

  • V. T. Fomenko, “On Infinitesimal Deformations of Convex Surfaces with a Boundary Condition of Generalized Translation,” 1969 Math. USSR Sbornik 9. Translated from Russian.
  • M. L. Tsetlin, Automaton Theory and Modeling of Biological Systems (1973, Academic Press, hardcover, ISBN 0-12-701050-3). Translated from Russian.

References

External links


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