Patterns and Symmetry

Speaker: Dr. Martin Golubitsky, Ohio State University

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location:

Owens Science Center's 3M Auditorium (OWS 150)

Video of Dr. Golubitsky's talk is available here.

 

Abstract for Dr. Golubitky’s talk: Regular patterns appear all around us: from vast geological formations to ripples in a vibrating coffee cup, from gaits of horses to the lapping tongues of flames. The mathematical notion of symmetry is a key to understanding how and why these patterns form. This lecture will show some of these fascinating patterns and discuss how mathematical symmetry enters the picture.

 Biographical information: “Martin Golubitsky is Distinguished Professor of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at the Ohio State University, where he serves as Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute. He received his PhD in Mathematics from M.I.T. in 1970 and has been Professor of Mathematics at Arizona State University (1979-83) and Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of Houston (1983-2008).

 Dr. Golubitsky works in the fields of nonlinear dynamics and bifurcation theory studying the role of symmetry in the formation of patterns in physical systems and the role of network architecture in the dynamics of coupled systems. His recent research focuses on some mathematical aspects of biological applications: animal gaits, the visual cortex, the auditory system, and coupled systems. He has co-authored four graduate texts, one undergraduate text, and two nontechnical trade books, (Fearful Symmetry: Is God a Geometer with Ian Stewart and Symmetry in Chaos with Michael Field) and over 100 research papers.

 Dr. Golubitsky is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is also the 1997 recipient of the University of Houston Esther Farfel Award, the 2001 corecipient of the Ferran Sunyer i Balaguer Prize (for The Symmetry Perspective) and the recipient of the 2009 Moser Lecture Prize of the SIAM Dynamical Systems Activity Group. He has been elected to the Councils of SIAM, AAAS, and AMS. Dr. Golubitsky was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems and has served as President of SIAM (2005-06). “ - http://people.mbi.ohio-state.edu/golubitsky.4/

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