[PAST EVENT] Mathematics Colloquium/CSUMS Lecture

April 8, 2011
3pm - 4pm
Jones Hall, Room 301
200 Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Title: Braids in dynamics

Abstract: Pieces of string or curves in three dimensional space may be knotted or braided. This physical idea can be used as a topological tool to study certain types of dynamical systems. In particular, such an approach leads to forcing theorems in the spirit of the famous "period three implies chaos" for interval maps. We discuss an application to a differential equation from the field of pattern formation. This involves several illuminating topological arguments, which are complemented by an illustrative computer-assisted approach.

[[sldayx, Sarah Day]]