And now for something (not quite) completely different

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 9:00am - 10:00am
Lind 305
Alan Newell (University of Arizona)
Many of the challenges of finding the shapes of elastic
surfaces have first cousins in the world of pattern formation.
I will
try to sketch out the connections and explain where there are
similarities and where there are profound differences even
though the
equations and the free energies look much the same. If time
and with the indulgence of the audience, I shall also tell you
how a
three dimensional version of the ideas give rise to objects,
and leptons, with spin and charge symmetries which arise
because of
symmetry breaking and which do not require to be put in by
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