19 March 2013

How To Use a Magnet to Predict the Value of the Stockmarket

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UCL, London

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How can forest fires and avalanches be understood by studying piles of grains of rice? How are stock market fluctuations related to magnetic vortices? And, most importantly, just exactly how can a Dyson washing machine help in predicting the height of the Danube? In this talk Simon Banks will explain the connections between these apparently disparate phenomena, introducing the remarkable concepts underpinning critical phenomena, self-organization and universality. Along the way he will explain why static sounds white but Vivaldi sounds pink as well as briefly discussing the fundamental role played by M&Ms candy in the field of statistical physics.
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Department of Chemistry
University College London
20 Gordon Street
London, WC1H 0AJ 
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The lecture will be preceded by tea/coffee in the Nyholm room and followed by a Mixer in the Nyholm Room.

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Simon Banks
University College London