Plücker Lecture 2018 by Sir John Ball

Sir John Ball, Oxford University

Variational problems in hard and soft matter


Part one: Solid phase transformations

Time: 16.15-17.00, 22 October 2018


Part two: Liquid crystals

Time: 17.30-18:15, 22 October 2018


Alloys undergoing solid phase transformations and liquid crystals give rise to similar problems of the multi-dimensional calculus of variations. The lectures will explore the similarities and differences, touching on issues such as the choice of function spaces, the description of defects and relation to dynamics, and highlighting some challenging open problems.


Coffee will be served between the lectures

Drinks will be served after the lecture

Venue: Lipschitz-Hall, Mathematics Centre, Endenicher Allee 60.