Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Chaos Theory and Fractals


Price for Members: $48
Price for Non-Members: $72
Date/Time: Thursdays, February 13, 20 & 27; March 5, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Mark Wimbush, Ph.D., emeritus professor of oceanography, University of Rhode Island
Location: Concord Campus

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Course Description

Chaos Theory is the third great revolution in 20th century physics, one that has changed the way we view the world around us and allowed scientists to tackle a variety of problems. The theory shows how systems obeying precise laws can nevertheless behave in erratic ways, and behind this oddity lie infinitely complex geometric structures calls “fractals.” It’s with these fractals that Professor Wimbush continues his exploration of chaos theory, its use in fields beyond physics such as biology, chemistry, and engineering, and how it leads us deeper into an understanding of our universe. This time he’ll focus on the routes to chaos, experimental tests of chaos theory, and fractal geometry. How can a butterfly flapping its wings have huge and distant consequences? Let OLLI and Professor Wimbush show you!


Event Details

Date: 2020-02-13

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


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