Seminar - Mathematics and Statistics Department
Mathematics of Emergent Behaviour
Theodore Kolokolnikov , Dalhousie University
Refreshments at 3:45pm
There are many examples in nature where individual particles following simple rules can lead to complex and beautiful overall patterns, often given a vague name of "emergent behaviour". Some examples include sand piles, biological swarms (from bacterial aggregation to school of fish, murmuration of starlings...), Bose-Einstein Condensates at atomic level, and many others. We discuss several such systems, how they lead to new and interesting mathematics, and how mathematics can in turn help to obtain novel insights about the original system.