Author Archives: Danilo Roccatano

About Danilo Roccatano

I have a Doctorate in chemistry at the University of Roma “La Sapienza”. I led educational and research activities at different universities in Italy, The Netherlands, Germany and now in the UK. I am fascinated by the study of nature with theoretical models and computational. For years, my scientific research is focused on the study of molecular systems of biological interest using the technique of Molecular Dynamics simulation. I have developed a server (the link is in one of my post) for statistical analysis at the amino acid level of the effect of random mutations induced by random mutagenesis methods. I am also very active in the didactic activity in physical chemistry, computational chemistry, and molecular modeling. I have several other interests and hobbies as video/photography, robotics, computer vision, electronics, programming, microscopy, entomology, recreational mathematics and computational linguistics.

Note di Meccanica Classica

In questo blog vengono derivate alcune equazioni fondamentali della meccanica classica che sono anche alla base del metodo della simulazione di Dinamica Molecolare.

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La Serie​ di Taylor

La serie di Taylor è un utilissimo strumento matematico. In questo blog, ne darò una breve descrizione dando qualche esempio di applicazione. Chi è il signor Taylor? Brook Taylor (1685 – 1731) era un matematico britannico del XVII secolo che … Continue reading

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The Taylor Series

The Taylor series is a mathematical tool that, sometimes, it is not easy to immediately grasp by freshman students. In this blog, I will give a short review of it giving some examples of applications. Who is Mr. Taylor? Brook … Continue reading

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Modeling Natural Shapes: Sunflowers Florets and the Golden Ratio

Il girasole piega a occidente e già precipita il giorno nel suo occhio in rovina …  from the poem  “Quasi un madrigale” by Salvatore Quasimodo.  

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Modeling Natural Shapes: Seashells

O conchiglia marina, figlia della pietra e del mare biancheggiante, tu meravigli la mente dei fanciulli. La conchiglia di Alceo. (Traduzione di Salvatore Quasimodo, da Lirici greci, 1940)   

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Physical Chemistry: The Simple Hückel Method

The Hückel molecular orbital method is a quantum mechanics approach for calculating the energies of molecular orbitals of π electrons in conjugated hydrocarbon systems, such as ethylene, benzene, and butadiene.

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Retro Programming II: the Amiga and the computational beauty of the leaf

In my archeological exploration of old computer files, I came across to another simple but interesting Amiga Basic program that I programmed in 1989. It is named “Foglie”, the Italian name for leaves.

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