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*** Watch the 2007 Misel Family Lecture online here ***
Speaker: Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago
Physics and Astronomy Colloquium: Wednesday, October 3, 4:00 p.m., Tate Lab of Physics
Worthwhile computer simulations are done to explore uncharted territory, resolve a well-posed scientific or technical question, or to make a design choice. Some excellent work is reviewed. Some less happy stories are recounted. I then concentrate my attention upon astrophysical simulations, showing how they can explore possible scenarios for stellar explosions.
Public Lecture: Thursday, October 4, 4:45 p.m., Tate Lab of Physics
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. We watch complexity develop in front of our eyes. Mostly, we are able to understand and explain what we are seeing. We do our work by following a succession of very specific situations. 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'.