Movement, music, and Mathematics of Falling Paper and Insect Flight
Speaker: Jane Wang (Professor of Physics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University)http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/programs/scientific/12-13/MPE2013/Wang.pdf
3:30PM, Fields Institute, 222 College Street, Toronto
In this public lecture, Jane Wang will explore the connection between two themes:
Understanding nature’s solutions to the Navier-Stokes (fluid dynamics) equations for locomotion
Understanding our own response to the poetic movement of falling and flying objects. The talk with start with a music dialogue between the rhythm of falling paper and the sounds of a prepared piano. Jane will then discuss puzzles and mathematics about the dynamics of falling paper and the tricks used by insects to fly. The music piece will be performed together with pianist Annie Lewandowski. Both the talk and the performance will be improvised in response to the atrium space in the Fields Institute.