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Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck 10/4

The Edythe and Irving Misel Family Lecture Series
Thursday, October 4, 4:45 p.m., Tate Lab of Physics

Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago
John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Mathematics

In this talk, we examine the development of complexity in fluid flow. Examples include splashing water, necking of fluids, swirls in heated gases, and jets thrown up from beds of sand. In following these specific problems, we soon get to broader issues: predictability and chaos, mechanisms for the generation of complexity and of simple laws, and finally the question of whether there is a natural tendency toward the formation of complex 'machines'. FFI.

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