University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Physics and Astronomy Colloquium

Thursday, December 7th 2017
3:35 pm:
Speaker: Mark Bowick, KITP Santa Barbara
Subject: Fragile Objects: The Hard Science of Soft Matter

The natural and synthetic world has an extremely rich variety of states of matter. Many of these are fragile structures that are both flexible and complex and they range from atomic in scale to the very large. I will present four vignettes from the world of fragile objects (soft matter) that illustrate their counter-intuitive behavior and the intellectual challenge they present. I will demonstrate how the concept “state of matter” is often not as simple as one might think and show how fluctuations can lead to rather surprising behavior.

Faculty Host: Boris Shklovskii

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