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Wild Beauty: Postcards from Mathematical Worlds April 25, 2012
Location: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley CA

Wild Beauty: Postcards from Mathematical Worlds

MSRI, April 25, 5:30-7:30pm

Explore Visual Representations of Random Spatial Processes •

A Public Exhibit of Images
and Simulations

The goal of this "art gallery opening" exhibit is to allow the public to explore intriguing visual representations of concepts from Random Spatial Processes, this spring's research program at MSRI.

This area of research draws on a number of areas in probability, statistics, physics, and computer science, and the very deep mathematics involved has inspired some strikingly beautiful images and simulations that illustrate its fundamental concepts.

Prof. James Propp of U. Mass. Lowell, one of our distinguished visiting mathematicians in the program, will introduce the collection with an illustrated lecture from 6:00 to 6:30.  You can then wander through the exhibits and talk with the mathematicians about the ideas that inspired the images.

This event is intended for the public; no mathematical expertise is necessary to enjoy the images.  Light refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Archimedes Society 

Materials from the Talk

* The video of James Propp's Talk
* Slides from James Propp's Talk
* The Cue Cards


1.   Jeremie Bettinelli: Random coloring
2.   Jeremie Bettinelli: Random quadrangulation (jpg)
3.   Jeremie Bettinelli: Random quadrangulation (pdf)
4.   Alexander Holroyd: Bootstrap percolation
5.   Alexander Holroyd: Stable marriage of Poisson and Lebesgue
6.   Alexander Holroyd: Rotor-router variation
7.   Richard Kenyon: Frozen heart
8.   Lionel Levine: Diffusion limited erosion by rotor walk
9.   Jason Miller: Spiral Schramm-Loewner Evolution
10. Jason Miller: Sunrise: SLE(128)
11. Perla Sousi: Wiener sausage with squares (pdf)
12. Perla Sousi: Wiener sausage with squares (eps)
13. David Wilson: The red-green-blue model in the triangle, conformally mapped to the disk
14. David Wilson: Random lozenge tiling of hexagon
15. Ben Young: Domino tiling of an Aztec diamond, realized with Levitov blocks



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