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Events on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Chaos & Complex Systems Seminar
Lessons learned from 19 years of chaos and complexity
Time: 12:05 pm
Place: 4274 Chamberlin (refreshments will be served)
Speaker: Clint Sprott, UW Department of Physics
Abstract: As we conclude the nineteenth year of the Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar, I would like to discuss some of the lessons I have learned from listening to over 500 talks, from my own research, and from the many books and articles I have read on the subject. This will be a rather personal and subjective talk and thus probably controversial. In particular, I will argue that the feedback, nonlinearities, and self-organization that characterize all real dynamical systems are more likely to ameliorate the dire consequences that others have predicted than to exacerbate them as so many fear. This is not a prediction that our problems will vanish or an argument for ignoring them. On the contrary, our choices and actions are the means by which society will reorganize to become even better in the decades to follow, albeit surely not a Utopia.
Host: Sprott
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"Physics Today" Undergrad Colloquium (Physics 301)
Magnetic Confinement in Plasma Physics
Time: 1:20 pm
Place: 2223 Chamberlin
Speaker: Karsten McCollam, University of Wisconsin Department of Physics
Abstract: A series of weekly presentations and discussions of current research topics in physics by the scientists involved in those studies designed to expose students to the topics and excitement of the research frontier.
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