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BEN ISRAELI, Phd student in plasma physics

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Past Classes

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M414: Catastrophe Theory - The Mathematics of Sudden Change in Rainstorm Spring 2020 (May. 30 - 31, 2020)
The mathematical models we use to understand the world - in physics, economics, ecology, etc - tend to use continuous, smoothly changing functions and variables. This raises a problem: Discontinuous changes are common. Bridges collapse, markets crash, memes go viral. Catastrophe theory attempts to understand these phenomena by studying deep parallels between them. In this course, we will get a taste for this topic by looking at simple examples. We will see how the magnetization of a piece of iron and the formation of a traffic jam actually have the same mathematical underpinnings, and if time permits, we will consider more generally stability and instability in dynamical systems.