Non-physics Interests of Joshua Socolar

Non-physics Interests of Joshua Socolar

Family
I live with my fiancee, Verena Knowles, and our dogs Kadeen and Merlin. Rebecca (1958-2009), my wife, was a pediatrician and faculty member at UNC-CH. We have two kids -- Jacob (born 3/28/89) and Yvonne (born 11/16/90). I have a brother who lives in Baltimore (with his wife and two kids) and my parents live in Montgomery County, MD, still in the home where I spent most of my childhood.
Academics
Outside of physics (and related topics in biology and network science), my interests run in the direction of philosophy (20th century western): theories of interpretation, scientific progress, and criticism in general.
Music
I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, but especially to jazz. I play piano, attempting (with mixed results) blues, swing, bebop, stride (barely), and something like gospel.
Sports
In my youth I played tennis (reasonably well) and basketball (well enough to enjoy it). My lower back now permits only bicycling, but I'll play ping-pong or pool anyway.
Outdoors
I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, rafting, birding (thanks to Jacob) and puttering around in the yard.
Kids
I love kids, especially my own. I also love their toys - the good ones, anyway.
Travel
I have traveled extensively in the North America and Europe. I have also enjoyed extended visits to Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and a trip around the world with stops in Mumbai, Bali, Australia, and New Zealand. I prefer warm and humid places where French is spoken.
socolar@phy.duke.edu