Saturday March 24 & Sunday March 25, 10am – 5pm
$180 / $120 for students and unwaged (light lunch included)
Only 12 spaces available!
This workshop explores the fascinating world of Nonlinear Physics as it relates to Pattern Formation. Stephen Morris’s research lab investigates examples of emergent, self-organized structures that occur in Nature. The workshop will look at the driving forces behind such patterns as ripples on blown sand, crack patterns in dried mud, spirals in oscillatory chemical reactions and ripples in icicles. The workshop will also introduce participants to the equipment and techniques used in the lab.
Robert Deegan from the University of Michigan will be a special guest in the workshop and will discuss his research into pattern formation from exploding seed pods to the bizarre nonlinear physics of vibrating cornstarch.
Participants taking this workshop will have a new appreciation for the patterns of nature and the mechanisms which drive these formations. This workshop will be of special interest to artists, designers and architects; however it is accessible to all those who are curious about the art of natural phenomena. Join us for this very engaging and thought provoking weekend.
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.- Henri Poincaré