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Entropy, Large Deviations, and Statistical Mechanics (Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften) 1st Edition

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Richard S. Ellis received his B.A. degree in mathematics and German literature from Harvard University in 1969 and his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from New York University in 1972. After spending three years at Northwestern University, he moved to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies. His research interests in mathematics focus on the theory of large deviations and on applications to statistical mechanics and other areas. Information on his interests outside mathematics is available at He is Alison’s husband and Melissa’s and Michael’s father.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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Richard S. Ellis grew up in Boston and attended Harvard, where he majored in mathematics and German literature. He earned his Ph.D. at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He then taught at Northwestern University and in 1975 joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is now a professor. Richard has published numerous papers in mathematics and related areas and is the author of two math books (the second with Paul Dupuis), which explore the theory of large deviations in probability theory.

Richard's experiences while living in Israel in 1982 and 1986 inspired him to teach the Torah and to lead a Jewish faculty group at UMass Amherst. These activities led to his appointment in 1998 as an adjunct professor in the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at UMass Amherst, where he has taught courses on the Book of Genesis, the Book of Job, and the writings of Franz Kafka. He has also published articles on the Torah, literature, art, and anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

Richard has lectured widely on his work in the U.S., Europe, and Israel. He has also had extensive experience with Buddhist meditation, having led a number of meditation groups and participated in retreats at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts and the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. His personal web page offers detailed information about his work and his interests and can be viewed at

Richard is a father, a grandfather and a teacher, and he is married to a teacher. Besides his family, the loves of his life are many: mathematics, the Torah, Jewish and Buddhist spirituality, literature, bicycling, jazz, strong coffee, the music of Bach. Please email Richard at if you would like to share your experiences with pain, suffering, or healing.

Information about Richard's book, "Blinding Pain, Simple Truth," is available at

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