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Swarms and Patterns: Using the Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics

Thursday, Mar 30, 11 am

From fish schools to zebra stripes to fluid waves, the world is full of patterns that form spontaneously. I will discuss natural pattern formation from the point of view of mathematical modeling, highlighting how minimal models can effectively describe real pattern-forming phenomena. As an extended example, I will discuss biological swarms, which are arguably some of the most common and least understood patterns in nature. Time permitting, we will also talk about zombies. A calculus course...

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