Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere

Michael Berry
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17:15 - 18:15
Mathematical Institute
Radcliffe Observatory Building
Woodstock Road
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Lecture Theatre 1

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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

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