Douglas S. Robertson

Douglas S. Robertson

Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
Adjunct Professor, Geological Sciences

Office: Ekeley W245B
Phone: 303-492-3694
Philosophy of Science Webpage

Research Interests

Evolution theory and mass extinctions, feedback and chaos in Darwinian natural selection, information theory and the philosophy of science.

Current Projects

Investigation of extinction patterns resulting from the asteroid impact at the K-T boundary; numerical modeling of the effects of chaos in Darwinian selection; exploring the impact of information explosions on the development of science and civilization.

Selected Publications

  • Robertson, D.S., W.E. Carter and W.H. Dillinger, A New Measurement of Solar Gravitational Deflection of Radio Signals Using VLBI, Nature, 349, 768-770, 1991.
  • Carter, W.E. and D.S. Robertson, Studying the Earth by Very Long Baseline Interferometry, Scientific American, 255, no. 5, 44?52, 1986.
  • Robertson, D.S., M.C. McKenna, O.B. Toon, S. Hope, and J.A. Lillegraven, Survival in the First Hours of the Cenozoic, Geol. Soc. Am. Bull., May-June 2004: v 116; no 5/6 pp. 760-768; doi: 10.1120/B25402.1.
  • Robertson, D.S., Phase Change: The Computer Revolution in Science and Mathematics, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2003.
  • Robertson, D.S., Goedel's Theorem, The Theory of Everything, and the Future of Science and Mathematics, Complexity, 5, no. 5, 22-27, 2000.
  • Robertson, D.S., Algorithmic Information Theory, Free Will and the Turing Test, Complexity, 4, no. 3, 17-34, 1999.
  • Schwarz, J.P., D.S. Robertson, T.M. Niebauer, and J.E. Faller, A Free-Fall Determination of the Newtonian Constant of Gravity, Science, 282, 2230-2234, 1998.
  • Robertson, D.S., The New Renaissance: Computers and the Next Level of Civilization, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 1998.
  • Robertson, D.S., Treating Absolute Gravity Data as a Spacecraft Tracking Problem, Metrologia, 33, 545-548, 1996.
  • Robertson, D.S. and M.C. Grant, Feedback and Chaos in Darwinian Evolution: II. Numerical Modeling, Complexity, 2, #2, 18-30, 1996.
  • Robertson, D.S. and M.C. Grant, Feedback and Chaos in Darwinian Evolution: I. Theoretical Considerations, Complexity, 2, #1, 10-14, 1996.
  • Robertson, D.S., Is Darwinian Evolution a Mathematically Stable Process?, Evolutionary Theory, 10 (5), 261-272, 1994.
  • Robertson, D.S., Feedback Theory and Darwinian Evolution, Journal of Theoretical Biology, 152/4, 469-484, 1991.