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

Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere

Speaker
Michael Berry
Event date
Event time
17:15 - 18:15
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Radcliffe Observatory Building
Woodstock Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX2 6GG
Venue details

Lecture Theatre 1

Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

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

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

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