John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum foundations | University of Oxford

John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum foundations

Speaker
John Bush - Professor of Applied Mathematics
Event date
Event time
17:00 - 18:00
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Radcliffe Observatory Quarter
Woodstock Road
OX2 6GG
Venue details

Lecture Theatre 1

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

In this lecture John Bush will present seemingly disparate research topics which are in fact united by a common theme and underlaid by a common mathematical framework.

First there is the ingenuity of the natural world where living creatures use surface tension to support themselves on the water surface and propel themselves along it. Then there is a system discovered by Yves Couder only fifteen years ago, in which a small droplet bounces along the surface of a vibrating liquid bath, guided or 'piloted’ by its own wave field. Its ability to reproduce many features previously thought to be exclusive to quantum systems has launched the field of hydrodynamic quantum analogs, and motivated a critical revisitation of the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics.

John Bush is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics at MIT specialising in fluid dynamics.

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

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