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PHY196H1Emergence in Nature

Course Title PHY196H1
Session winter
Year of Study 1st year
Time and Location M3-5pm, room: MP 408

Vatche  Deyirmenjian


Official Description

The universe is not a rigid clockwork, but neither is it formless and random. Instead, it is filled with highly organized, evolved structures that have somehow emerged from simple rules of physics. Examples range from the structure of galaxies to the pattern of ripples on windblown sand, to biological and even social processes. These phenomena exist in spite of the universal tendency towards disorder. How is this possible? Self-organization challenges the usual reductionistic scientific method, and begs the question of whether we can ever really understand or predict truly complex systems.  Not eligible for CR/NCR.

Prerequisite: n.a.
Co-requisite: n.a.
Exclusion: n.a.
Recommended preparation: n.a.
Textbook n.a.