During his stay at MIT, James tentatively plans to make everything better for everyone on Earth. His approach will be cross-disciplinary and thus NSF-friendly. After solving all problems, James will write a children’s book, which explains the bad old days when perpetual motion machines did not exist, and bicycles did not spontaneously transform into helmets when crashes were imminent. James will write this book from his vacation home near Alpha Centauri, because James will have un-problematized the problem of interstellar space travel, mainly using Mickens Diagrams, which are similar to Feynman Diagrams, but less constrained by reality.
Dr. Mickens with student, 1974 (MIT Museum Collections)
In 1974, James' father, Ronald E. Mickens was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Physics, hosted by James E. Young (later thesis advisor to Sylvester James Gates). Beginning in 1968, Mickens spent two years as a post-doc conducting research in elementary particle physics at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics. Today he is the Fuller T. Callaway Distinguished Professor of Physics at Clark Atlanta University. His research focuses on complex functions, theoretical elementary particle physics, mathematical epidemiology and modeling of non-linear oscillations. The Ronald E. Mickens Collection, a photo catalog of distinguished African-American physicists, can be viewed at the American Institute of Physics.
Visiting Scholar 2014-2015
Hosted by Hosted by Professor Frans Kaashoek, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory