Physics and Astronomy Colloquia, Academic Year 2021-2022

Colloquium committee: Marivi Fernandez-Serra (Chair), Will Farr, Dmitri Kharzeev, Rouven Essig and Giacinto Piacquadio


Time: 4:30 PM (cookies and tea), talks start at 4:45 PM

Location: Harriman 137

Movies:  To watch the recorded movies, please  read the instructions here.

 

Fall 2020 colloquia


 

Spring 2021 colloquia


Aug 31

Matthew Dawber

Stony Brook University University


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Sept 7

Chang Kee Jung

Stony Brook University

Chairs Colloqium


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Sept 14

Gregory Falkovich

Weizmann Institute

Physical Nature of Information

How much can we do and say about something we do not know? Trying to answer this question quantitatively brought us thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and information theory. I shall present a brief history of these developments, emphasizing the analogies in the limits imposed by uncertainty on engines, measurements, communications and computations. The review is panoramic aiming to show that the people working on quantum computers and the entropy of black holes use the same tools as those designing self-driving cars and market strategies, studying molecular biology, animal behavior and human languages, and figuring out how the brain works. I’ll finish with some recent applications to turbulence as an ultimate far-from-equilibrium state with the lowest entropy.
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October 19

Xiaoxing Xi

Temple University

Challenges Facing Academics in the US Suspected as Nontraditional Collectors for China,


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November 2

Angela Kelly

Stony Brook University

TBA

TBA
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November 15

Anja von der Linden

Stony Brook University

TBA

TBA
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