Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures
Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere
15 November 2018 - 5.15pm
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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