Spontaneous Rhythms in Nature and Technology

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Title: Spontaneous Rhythms in Nature and Technology
Author: Wiesenfeld, Kurt A.
Abstract: Rhythms abound in the natural world. Spontaneous rhythmic coordination can be essential: our beating heart cells must synchronize precisely – or else! Sometimes, too much coordination is disastrous: brain seizures can occur as a result of abnormally high levels of synchronous neuronal activity. Examples of spontaneous synchronization are found in every branch of science, from the beautiful nightly light shows of firefly swarms to the synchronized swinging of pendulum clocks. Researchers the world over are trying to understand how coordinated rhythms arise and trying to discover ways to control them. An array of applications awaits: faster computers, brighter lasers, collision avoiding cars; new strategies for treating heart and brain disorders; even an end to the devastation of periodic locust swarms.
Description: Inquiring Minds @ Tech Public Lecture presented on October 25, 2012 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons, Room 144. Runtime: 57:31 minutes.
Type: Lecture
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1853/45342
Date: 2012-10-25
Contributor: Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Physics
Publisher: Georgia Institute of Technology
Subject: Synchronization

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