Pattern Formation in Nature: Why is the Universe Not Boring?

This event is sponsored by the Georgia Tech School of Physics as part of their Public Lecture Series and will be hosted by Ed Greco. Email [masked] for additional information.

There are no social activities planned for this meetup yet. Leave a comment if you'd like to make some arrangements.

Consult this Google map for nearby parking options. The talk will be in room 144 of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.

Pattern Formation in Nature: Why is the Universe Not Boring?
Stephen Morris, Professor of Physics
University of Toronto

The universe is not a rigid clockwork, but neither is it formless and random. Instead, it is filled with highly organized, evolved structures that have somehow emerged from simple rules of physics.

Many natural systems spontaneously self-organize into surprisingly ordered structures, even though they are driven far from thermodynamic equilibrium. Regular spatial patterns emerge, for example, as ripples on wind blown sand, convection cells in heated fluids and columnar fracture patterns in basalt flows, These phenomena exist in spite of the universal tendency towards disorder. How is this possible?

In this talk Stephen Morris, Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto, will explore the physics of lab-scale nonlinear patterns and attempt a live demonstration.

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  • Miguel P.

    Kregg, try to have a look this book: The self-made tapestry (by Philip Ball). It has essentially the message of the talk. In my opinion, the talk was super-mind-stimulating. I was also in the previous that he talk about icicles... completely astonished!

    February 4, 2013

    • Kregg Q.

      Thanks Miguel. I'll take a look when I get a chance.

      February 4, 2013

  • Kregg Q.

    Dangit I really didn't mean to miss this. Is there a way to get a recording?

    February 4, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Kregg - These talks are usually recorded. I'll post a link to the video when one becomes available. - Marc

      February 4, 2013

    • Kregg Q.

      Thanks a bunch!

      February 4, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Everything is permit parking?

    February 4, 2013

    • Daniel

      Metered parking on Fowler is free after 5pm

      February 4, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Mark - The announcement included a link to a map which included visitor parking lots and decks. - Marc

      February 4, 2013

  • Linda

    Very interesting and entertaining

    February 4, 2013

  • michael h.

    very interesting and completely useless, l loved it.

    February 4, 2013

  • Marc M.

    For those that are interested in socializing after "Pattern Formation in Nature" look for me outside the auditorium after the talk.

    Since there's really no way for me to guess the number of people who will be involved, it's hard to come up with a definite plan, but there a lot of restaurants and such located nearby, in the vicinity of Spring and 5th Streets ( that might make for nice destinations.


    1 · February 3, 2013

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