Physics Colloquium: Elizabeth Bradley, University of Colorado, Boulder
A brief tour of nonlinear dynamics
Nonlinearity and chaos are ubiquitous and fascinating. Chaotic systems, in particular, are exquisitely sensitive to small
perturbations, but their behavior has a fixed and highly characteristic pattern. Making sense of this somewhat counterintuitive combination of effects is important to one's ability to understand the physical world. I will begin this talk with a (very) light review of the core ideas of nonlinear dynamics, then move to descriptions of some of the ways in which one can put those ideas
into practice---nonlinear time-series analysis, information theory, and topological data analysis---with demonstration examples ranging from paleoclimate dynamics to music and dance.
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 4:00pm
Higgins Hall, 310
Higgins Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467