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How do organisms move in different states of matter? Is it possible to recreate the movement of a flock of birds or a school of fish?
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Ashoka University invites you to join us for the second lecture in the online webinar series –Scientifically Speaking: Season 2 on Tuesday, 28 July at 7 PM.
Living Matter and Matter Brought to Life
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.
Sriram RamaswamyCentre for Condensed Matter TheoryDepartment of PhysicsIndian Institute of Science, BengaluruPhD (Physics) Univ. of Chicago