Numbers and Nature: Mitchell J. Feigenbaum Symposium

Friday, June 03, 2022 at 9:00am to 5:30pm

Building 6, Room 120
182 MEMORIAL DR (REAR), Cambridge, MA 02139

Professor Mitchell J. Feigenbaum passed away on June 30, 2019. He is best known for his fundamental contributions to chaos theory. To celebrate his life and scientific legacy, MIT will host a symposium June 2-3, 2022. The symposium will feature current topics in nonlinear science, broadly conceived, as well as recent research in other areas that would have fascinated Feigenbaum. The symposium will not just be a tribute to Mitchell’s accomplishments but primarily a celebration of curiosity-driven, basic research.

Organizers

● Executive Committee: David Campbell (BU), Predrag Cvitanović (Georgia Tech), Gemunu Gunaratne (U. Houston), and Daniel Rothman (MIT).

● International Advisory Committee: Sir Michael Berry (U Bristol), Leonid Bunimovich (Georgia Tech), Giulio Casati (Insubria), Fred Cooper (Los Alamos), Mogens Jensen (Niels Bohr Institute), Leon Glass (McGill), Nigel Goldenfeld (UC San Diego), Joel Lebowitz (Rutgers), Albert Libchaber (Rockefeller), Marcelo Magnasco (Rockefeller), Renu Malhotra (U Arizona), Yves Pomeau (Ecole Normale), Itamar Procaccia (Weizmann Institute), Sara A. Solla (Northwestern), Harry Swinney (U Texas)

Sponsored by the School of Science, the Lorenz Center, the David and Edith Harris Fund, and the Departments of Physics and of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.


PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND BY MAY 31
The event will also be available VIA LIVESTREAM.

 

Please visit the EVENT SITE for maps and more information on Covid policies for Non-MIT attendees.

Questions? Contact Alma Pellecer


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AGENDA — Thursday, June 2 

 

  • 8:30 Registration

  • 9:00 Welcome
    Daniel Rothman — Professor of Geophysics and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, MIT-EAPS
    Gemunu Gunaratne — Moores Professor of Physics, University of Houston


9:10 - MORNING LECTURE SESSION 1

  • Maps and Shapes
  • L. Mahadevan — Professor of Physics, de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics, and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard
  • Geometry, Topology, and Electrophysiology
    Adam Cohen — Professor of Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Physics, Harvard
  • Mitchell's Role in Chaos (Presented via Zoom)
    Albert Libchaber — Detlev W. Bronk Professor of Physics, Rockefeller University


10:40 Coffee Break  —  Chipman Room 6-104


11:00 - MORNING LECTURE SESSION 2

  • Ein Sturm im Wasserglas
    Björn Hof — Professor of Physics, IST Austria
  • Hydrodynamics and Microbes
    Alex Petroff — Professor of Physics, Clark University
  • Life and Death of Turbulence (Presented via Zoom)
    Nigel Goldenfeld — Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professor of Physics, UC San Diego


12:30 Lunch on your own


2:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION 1

  • Optics, Vision, and Evolution After Mitchell Feigenbaum
    Jean-Pierre Eckmann — Professeur Honoraire, University of Geneva
  • The DeltaCELT Rattleback and Anamorphic Images
    Ken Brecher — Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Emeritus, Boston University
  • Stories of Fluids and Light (Presented via Zoom)
    Reymond E. Goldstein — Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems, University of Cambridge
  • Mathematics, Computation, and Nature
    Stephen Wolfram — Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research


4:00 Coffee Break  —  Chipman Room 6-104


4:30 PUBLIC LECTURE

  • Four Illusions
    Sir Michael Berry — Melville Wills Professor of Physics (Emeritus), University of Bristol


6:00 Public Reception  |  Ida Green Lounge, Building 54, Room 923


7:30 Dinner | Morss Hall, Walker Memorial, Building 50
By Invitation — Registration Required

 

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AGENDA — Friday, June 3 

  • 8:30 Registration


9:00 MORNING LECTURE SESSION 1

  • Turbulence, From Newton’s Quadratic Law of Drag to Mitchell Feigenbaum and Recent Times
    Yves Pomeau — Emeritus Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research
  • Broken Symmetries in Living Systems
    Nikta Fakhri — Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Career Development Professor, MIT-Physics
  • Overcoming the Random Closed Packed Barrier: Crystallization in Granular Media (Presented via Zoom)
    Harry Swinney — Professor Emeritus, University of Texas at Austin


10:30 Coffee Break  —  Chipman Room 6-104


11:00 MORNING LECTURE SESSION 2

  • Singularity in a Teacup — When Nature Gives Infinity
    Dwight Barkey — Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick
  • Vortex Sheets and Turbulent Statistics  (Presented via Zoom)
    Sasha Migdal — Research Professor of Physics, NYU
  • Venus as a Potentially Habitable Planet
    Sara Seager — Class of 1941 Professor of Planetary Science, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT-EAPS, Physics and AeroAstro


12:30 Lunch on your own


2:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION 1

  • Encoding Patterns in Single-Cell Locomotion: Oscillations, Synchronization, and Excitability
    Kirsty Wan — ERC Starting Grantee, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • The Mysteries of Gaps and Pile-Ups at Planetary Resonances
    Renu Malhotra — Louise Foucar Marshall Science Research Professor and Regents Professor of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Neural Manifolds for Control of Movement (Presented via Zoom)
    Sara A. Solla — Professor of Neuroscience and Physics, Northwestern

     

3:30 Coffee Break  —  Chipman Room 6-104


4:00 AFTERNOON LECTURE SESSION 2

  • Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogs
    John Bush — Professor of Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics, MIT-Math
  • Shocks and Surprises: Screening of Elasticity by Plastic Charges in Amorphous Solids
    Itamar Procaccia —  Barbara and Morris L. Levinson Professorial Chair in Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Glassy Dynamics in Earth’s Carbon Cycle
    Dan Rothman — Professor of Geophysics and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center, MIT-EAPS


5:30 Adjourn

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