Emergent Complexity in the Universe: An Information-Entropic Approach

From atoms to stars, physically-bound systems result from the interplay between attractive and repulsive interactions. In this lecture, Marcelo will present a new measure of complexity called "Configurational Entropy". Inspired by Shannon's information entropy, Marcelo will show how the configurational entropy encodes information about the shape and the stability of various physical objects, and how it can be used as an efficient measure of emerging complexity during nonequilibrium phenomena. Applications will include solitons, compact astrophysical objects, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and inflationary cosmology.

WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

WHERE: Technological Institute, F160
2145 Sheridan Road   
Evanston, IL 60208 map it

AUDIENCE: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

CONTACT: Leah Handel: leah.handel@northwestern.edu