About Joseph Nebus

Dr Joseph Nebus is a more verbose mathematician than the evidence over on his Mathematics blog demonstrates.

His Twitter account is @Nebusj.

He is coauthor, with Professor Chjan Lim, of Vorticity, Statistical Mechanics, and Monte Carlo Simulation, which guides readers into statistical mechanics and inviscid fluid flow problems in a way which Vicentin D Radulescu described as “a convincing invitation to modern mathematical concepts and new techniques [ … ] useful and attractive to graduate students and teachers in this active field.” A second edition of this book is in process.

He is also coauthor, with Professor Lim and with Dr Xueru Ding, of Vortex Dynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Planetary Atmospheres, which focuses on the study of planetary atmospheres, particularly those of Jupiter, Venus, and Neptune, with tools built on the methods described above.

He’s a terrible ham radio operator who’s managed at times to achieve nearly three words per minute in transcribing Morse Code, if he’s allowed to go back and fill in obvious mistakes, like the letters missing from “M-L-BU C-L- – – – – -A”.

He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (as graduate student), at the College of Saint Rose (in Albany, New York), Ocean County College (in Toms River, New Jersey) and the National University of Singapore (in Singapore, Singapore).

He reads the comic strip Mark Trail much more faithfully than any of his friends do, or advise.

He was a finalist for the Robert Benchley Society Award for Humor one year, and would have given it a fresh try afterwards except they keep changing the submission deadlines from under him.

He feels there is a distinct charm and dignity added to mathematics papers if their titles begin with “On”.

He doesn’t know how to change that “4 out of 5 dentists” line on the header.

34 thoughts on “About Joseph Nebus”

  1. Well, I’m confused so what else is new. I have no idea what you just said about dynamic vortexes, statistical mechanics, or whatever, but it sounded cool. I might not be versed in the way of the sciences and mathematics, but this dimwit can help teach you how to change your tagline. Cheers my friend. Love your humor.


  2. Venusian atmosphere, eh? I don’t suppose you know if the 1981 Venera 13 probe’s audio recordings have been translated into a modern format yet? The Groza-2 instrument on board had a microphone that recorded several hours of the descent and several more on the surface. Reportedly, it picked up thunder and winds.

    I’d love to hear that.


    1. Oh, my, thanks for reading this page; I kind of doubted anyone would.

      I’m afraid I don’t know about the Groza-2 data. I’m afraid I’m relatively weaker on Soviet space projects than on United States projects.

      My particular research was in the super-rotation of the atmosphere, though: the way large pieces of it will move almost as if a single body. It turns out that there are mathematical constructs which would describe big blocks of an atmosphere moving almost as if a single body, if you write Fortran code to do the calculations.


  3. Oh, man, right before I clicked on your about page I KNEW you were going to be one of those brainiacs … you even have one of those nerdy sounding names!

    Well, kudos to you for a having a big cerebrum! 🙂

    BTW, I tried to click on the video above and all it said was “this video does not exist”; either the video is now gone or this person’s brain doesn’t have any maths skills … it’s either a video I really wanted to see that has been removed or humor … I’m not sure which.

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    1. Aw, well, I don’t know about brainiac; getting a doctorate is in a lot of ways a measure of a particular kind of endurance.

      I’m not sure which video you mean, though; I don’t think I have any linked from my About page, at least. Was it on this page or on another essay?


      1. It was the video that was from a poster on this comment. I wanted to view it — I know you have no control over it’s presence of lack of!

        And kudos to you for endurance! There’s a lot to be said for perseverance! (and good spelling!) 🙂


        1. Hm. Well, that’s all peculiar and yeah, I’m afraid I don’t have any control over that.

          Good spelling is, I think, mostly a matter of having a good spell checker turned on and watching it carfully.

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    1. Well, I like the way the s’ possessive-ending looks, for words that naturally end in s, but I’ve come to feel that the English language has enough anomalies and freak cases and special rules in it that I should avoid things that make the language harder. So, I’m trying to regularize my language use: use a familiar ‘s even at the end of names ending s already, use “equilibriums” instead of “equilibria”, that sort of thing. Although I am growing increasingly fond of “connexion” as a spelling and might campaign to bring that back.

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  4. Joseph,

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award. You have a delightfully dry gift and I put your name in lights on my blog http://www.hermansneutics.com/?p=695

    You can read about it when you have time. You can even accept your award by nominating your own favorite blogs and answering the deep, dark, probing personal questions you’ll see on the site. It goes without saying, you don’t have to do a doggone thing and just enjoy being that cool.

    Appreciate your stuff, my friend.


    1. Goodness, I’m glad to hear it. I’d discovered Ian Shoales from ABC’s World News Now in the 90s. His commentaries were a world-smashing moment for me, comparable I think only to the first time I heard Bob Newhart’s “Bomb Disposal” routine. And his writing’s been an influence on me ever since. I can’t imitate it more than about once a year, not with any success, but it improved the way I observe things.


  5. “Please write something funnier than I thought to”? I don’t think I can, unless I attempt something on the subject of mathematics… which definitely would be hilarious, in a sad way. So just to say: I stumbled on your blog by accident and I enjoyed it for an idle hour. Thank you!


    1. It’s hard to say since we don’t really gather much. Usually, though, it’s safest to suppose that we’re all called ‘Joseph’, ‘Al’, or ‘Chuck’, as if we aren’t sure we know how to name guys right and are just copying what didn’t get us in trouble last time.


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