Monday, March 12, 2007
- 4:00 pm, Tea in Math Forum, Burton Hall 3rd floor
- 4:30 pm, Lecture in McConnell Hall, Room 404
- 7:30 pm, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
What’s New in Physics? Five College Lecture Series
Alan Guth, world’s leading expert on the early universe to speak at Smith College on “Cosmic Inflation and the Accelerating Universe” on Monday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall. There will be a reception following the talk. Guth is the originator of the theory of cosmic inflation and is the author of the popular book The inflationary Universe: The Quest for a New Theory of Cosmic Origins. He is the Victor F. Weisskopf Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The talk will be at a level appropriate for popular audiences. All are welcome. Sponsored by the Five College “What’s New in Physics” Lecture Series.
Stochastic Spatial Processes: Ted Cox, Syracuse University
Stochastic spatial processes are mathematical models for large systems made up of “components” which interact in some way. Among the phenomena these systems model are competition of species, epidemics, spread of genetic traits, and catalytic chemical reactions. I will give a brief introduction to this field via several examples, including the “contact process” and the “voter model.” Basic questions for these models concern survival and coexistence. I will present a few known results and give a glimpse of one technique used in the analysis of these systems, duality. There are many open problems that are easy to describe (but difficult to answer).
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
- 4:15pm, Seelye Hall, Room 211
Sierra Club Meeting
Join the great work of the Sierra Club by attending an informational meeting about global warming and women’s rights. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the great work of the Sierra Club. Open to all.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
- 8:30-9:30pm, Roof of McConnell Hall
Astronomy Department Star Party
Come see the moon, Saturn, and other celestal objects through the telescopes on the roof of McConnell Hall. All are welcome–dress warmly!
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