Science on Tap: The Mathematics of the Sun

August 28, 2013

Tonight marks another installment of UC Santa Cruz’ Science on Tap series. 

Nic Brummell, an expert in applied mathematics and statistics, will speak about “The Mathematics of the Sun.”

The talk begins at 8 p.m. in the garden of the Crepe Place.

From the blurbage:

“Since our nearest and dearest star, the sun, is the source of all life on our planet, it would be nice to know a little bit about it. Despite the fact that we can look at thesSun in amazing detail these days, we still understand very little about how it works im any detail. For example, out of the general chaos emerges the shockingly ordered and structured cycle of magnetic activity – or “the sunspot cycle” as it is often popularly known. Basic mathematics has provided some great intuition as to how this might possibly be, but, as we test these theories using larger and larger supercomputers and therefore more and more realistic simulations, we find that our intuitive ideas often fail. This is great for job security but frustrating scientifically. Where do we go from here? Is it all doom and gloom? Will we conquer this problem? What about the dynamics of other similar stars?”

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