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A portrait of Daniel Bonn, a physicist at the Laboratoire de physique statistique of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. Statistical physics uses mathematical methods based on statistics, and its models can be applied to very different fields. So, for example, he seeks to explain the phenomena of quicksands and landslides on the basis of laboratory experiments. He studies the phenomenon of water's adhesion to the leaves on trees. Lastly, Bonn seeks to understand certain kinds of noise so as to decrease their volume when needed.