


The mathematics of liquid crystals



Description: 
The understanding of liquid crystal behaviour has traditionally been an area with a fertile interaction between science and mathematics. The lecture will describe different theories of liquid crystals and some recent results concerning their predictions and the connection between them.

Start Date: 
20180214 
Start Time: 
15:00 
Speaker: 
John M. Ball (Univ. of Oxford, UK)

Institution: 
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Place: 
Sala Pedro Nunes, DMat

URL: 
https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/people/john.ball

Biography: 
Sir John Macleod Ball (born 1948) is the Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He was the President of the International Mathematical Union from 200306 and a Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. He was educated at the University of Cambridge and Sussex University, and prior to taking up his Oxford post was a professor of mathematics at HeriotWatt University in Edinburgh. Ball's research interests include elasticity, the calculus of variations, and infinitedimensional dynamical systems. He was knighted in the New Year Honours list for 2006 "for services to Science". He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He was a member of the first Abel Prize in 2002 and for the Fields Medal in 1998. From 19961998 he was president of the London Mathematical Society, and from 20032006 he was president of the International Mathematical Union (IMU). In October 2011 he was elected on the Executive Board of ICSU for a threeyear period starting January 2012. Along with Stuart S. Antman he won the Theodore von Kármán Prize in 1999. Ball received an Honorary Doctorate from HeriotWatt University in 1998. (from Wikipedia)

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