Physics Colloquium

"Nature vs. Nurture in Complex (and Not-So-Complex) Systems"

Presented by Daniel Stein, NYU

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 3:30 pm — Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

Understanding the dynamical behavior of many-particle systems following a deep quench is a central issue in both statistical mechanics and complex systems theory. One of the basic questions centers on the issue of predictability: given a system with a random initial state evolving
through a well-defined stochastic dynamics, how much of the information contained in the state at future times depends on the initial condition (``nature'') and how much on the dynamical realization (``nurture'')? We discuss this question and present both old and new results for both homogeneous and random systems in low and high dimension.

Hosted by: Rob Pisarski

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