Living Matter and Matter Brought to Life | Scientifically Speaking: Season 2 — Lecture 2

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A molecule in a glass of water, a micron-sized impurity in the same water, and a bacterium swimming in the water all move around randomly on long time-scales. Prof. Ramaswamy will talk about these seemingly similar random walks.

You will have heard in school about the states of matter — gas, liquid and solid, maybe plasma. He will talk a bit about the state of matter (what is it?) we spend most of our waking hours staring at these days, and what it might have to do with schools of fish. Living things move autonomously, signal, sense, and respond. Their interactions aren’t mutual — A can attract B which repels A. Prof. Ramaswamy will present some surprisingly simple ways of re-creating such behaviours, as well as large-scale phenomena such as flocking, in non-living matter.

Speaker -
Sriram Ramaswamy
Centre for Condensed Matter Theory
Department of Physics
Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Time: Jul 28, 202007:00PM IST

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