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The mathematics of déjà vu with Professor Amie Wilkinson
27 April, 2017 @ 5:45 pm - 7:00 pmFree
The University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science presents the inaugural Simon Marais Lecture: The mathematics of déjà vu presented by Professor Amie Wilkinson, University of Chicago.
How can we mix and unmix two ideal gases in a box? How can we describe the deep properties of the prime numbers or the existence of exoplanets in nearby solar systems?
Join the University of Chicago’s Professor Wilkinson as she answers these seemingly disparate questions using a mathematical version of déjà vu called ‘recurrence’. Recurrence is a simple and yet powerful concept: we say that a motion of a space is recurrent if, given enough time, it eventually returns to its original configuration, allowing for a small amount of error.
Dynamics is an exciting area of mathematics concerned with the motion of spaces (“dynamical systems”) over time. Originally developed in the late nineteenth century, it continues to have applications in a wide variety of fields such as physics, biology, chemistry, medicine and economics.