The European Physical Journal Plus

, 128:10

Simulations: The dark side

Regular Article

DOI: 10.1140/epjp/i2013-13010-8

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Frenkel, D. Eur. Phys. J. Plus (2013) 128: 10. doi:10.1140/epjp/i2013-13010-8


This paper discusses the Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods. Both methods are, in principle, simple. However, simple does not mean risk-free. In the literature, many of the pitfalls in the field are mentioned, but usually as a footnote --and these footnotes are scattered over many papers. The present paper focuses on the “dark side” of simulation: it is one big footnote. I should stress that “dark”, in this context, has no negative moral implication. It just means: under-exposed.

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© Società Italiana di Fisica and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK