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Kadanoff to deliver Misel Lecture

Leo Kadanoff
Leo Kadanoff

The Second Annual Edyth and Irving Misel Family Lecture series will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 4:45 p.m in in Tate Lab of Physics, Room 150. Leo P. Kadanoff, from the University of Chicago will speak on "Making a Splash; Breaking a Neck: The Development of Complexity in Physical Systems."

Professor Leo Kadanoff developed the ideas of scale invariance and universality in condensed matter physics when he was just 28 years old. These ideas proved to be applicable well beyond the traditional scope of physics and have been applied by Kadanoff, his collaborators and other researchers to study chaotic phenomena, such as fluctuations in the stock market, irregularities in heart rhythms, and the random appearance of traffic jams.

Kadanoff went on to develop a systematic approach to the understanding of complex systems – systems that develop the same intricate structures for a range of length or time scales. Working with various collaborators, Kadanoff has constructed computer models to simulate physical situations such as turbulence, urban growth and decay, the morphology of bacterial colonies, and the separation of a drop from a larger mass of fluid.

Kadanoff has had a major influence on applied mathematics, physics, mechanics, cosmology, chemistry, and polymer science. He is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Distinguished Service Professor of Physics and Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the American Philosophical Society as well as being a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. During the last decade, he has received the Quantrell Award (for excellence in teaching) from the University of Chicago, the Centennial Medal of Harvard University, the Onsager Prize of the American Physical Society, the Grande Medaille d'Or of the Academy des Sciences de l'Institut de France, and the National Medal of Science (U.S.)

Kadnoff will also deliver the School Colloquium, "The Good, the Bad and the Awful - Scientific Simulation and Prediction" on Wednesday october 3rd at 4:00 p.m. in 131 Physics.

The William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute at the University of Minnesota is proud to host the Irving and Edythe Misel Lecture Series. Mr. Fine’s bold vision and generous gift to the University, inspired by his genuine interest in physics, were instrumental in the establishment of the Institute and its successful development over the past two decades.

The Misel Lecture Series is endowed by a generous gift from Irving and Edythe Misel. The Series honors the life-long friendship between Irving and Edythe Misel, their family, and William and Bianca Fine.

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