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.
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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.