Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere | University of Oxford

Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere

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Event time
17:15 - 18:15
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Lecture Theatre L1, Mathematical Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
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N/A
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Lecture Theatre 1 - accessible

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Parents, Students, Teachers
Age range
Age 16-17 (year 12), Age 17-18 (year 13)
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In some of the world’s rivers, an incoming high tide can arrive as a smooth jump decorated by undulations, or as a breaking wave. The river reverses direction and flows upstream.

Understanding tidal bores involves
· analogies with tsunamis, rainbows, horizons in relativity, and ideas
from quantum physics;
· the concept of a ‘minimal model’ in mathematical explanation;
· different ways in which different cultures describe the same thing;
· the first unification in fundamental physics.

Michael Berry is Emeritus Professor of Physics, H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol

5.15pm
Mathematical Institute
Oxford

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