Joint ICTP/SISSA Statistical Physics seminar:
Series of lectures on: 'Singularities and asymptotics'
Ninth (and last) lecture
" Making light of mathematics "
( a nontechnical talk, suitable for nonscientists )
Starts 12 Jun 2008 16:00
Ends 12 Jun 2008 20:00
Central European Time
SISSA Main Bldg.
Many ‘mathematical phenomena’ find application and sometimes spectacular physical illustration in the physics of light. Concepts such as fractals, catastrophe theory, knots, infinity, zero, and even when 1+1 fails to equal 2, are needed to understand rainbows, twinkling starlight, sparkling seas, oriental magic mirrors, and simple experiments on interference, polarization and focusing. The lecture is strongly visual, and nontechnical, though the concepts are subtle.