Barbara Drossel is professor of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. She studied Physics at the Technical University of Munich and the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg from 1982 to 1989 and then engaged in doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich. From 1994 to 1996 she worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, USA). In 1996 she moved to Manchester University to carry out postdoctoral studies in Condensed Matter Theory before becoming Research Associate in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at Tel Aviv University (Israel). Prof. Drossel’s research interests are in the field of complex systems. These include biological systems, such as genetic networks, ecosystems and evolutionary processes, as well as physical systems such as soft materials (gels, polymers), chaos and pattern formation.

Prof. Drossel lectures on science-religion to general audiences. She is a member of the editorial board of the German science-faith journal “Evangelium and Wissenschaft”, edited by the Karl-Heim-Gessellschaft. She is also a Faraday Institute associate, a member of Christians in Science, and a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Recent publications in science and religion

  • Drossel, Barbara, 2016 (Editor): Naturwissenschaftler reden von Gott. (Book. Publisher: Brunnen-Verlag, Giessen)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2016: Zehn Fragen zum Wesen der Naturgesetze. (Journal: Evangelium und Wissenschaft. Beiträge zum interdisziplinären Gespräch Vol. 37(1), pp. 3-12)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2016: Komplexe Systeme, Emergenz und die Grenzen des Physikalismus (pages 3-25 in Book: Seelenphänomene, edited by Markus Mühling, Ulrich Beuttler and Martin Rothgangel, Peter Lang Verlag Berlin)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2013: Und Augustinus traute dem Verstand. Warum Naturwissenschaft und Glaube keine Gegensätze sind. (Book. Publisher: Brunnen-Verlag, Giessen)
  • Drossel, Barbara, 2012: Wie die Physik zu ihren Theorien kommt. (Journal: Evangelium und Wissenschaft. Beiträge zum interdisziplinären Gespräch Vol. 33(1), pp. 2-12)

Recent science publications

  • J Falk, L Bronstein, M Hanst, B Drossel, H Koeppl, 2019: Context in synthetic biology: Memory effects of environments with mono-molecular reactions. Journal of chemical physics 150 (2), 024106
  • Barbara Drossel and George Ellis, 2018: Contextual wavefunction collapse: An integrated theory of quantum measurement, New Journal of Physics 20 (11), 113025
  • A Brechtel, P Gramlich, D Ritterskamp, B Drossel, T Gross, 2018: Master stability functions reveal diffusion-driven pattern formation in networks, Physical Review RE 97, 032307
  • M Mendler, J Falk, B Drossel, 2018: Analysis of stochastic bifurcations with phase portraits, PloS one 13 (4), e0196126
  • Barbara Drossel, 2017: Ten reasons why a thermalized system cannot be described by a many-particle wave function, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Modern Physics 58, 12-21

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