SFI Seminar: More Disordered than Disorder…

Pablo Damasceno

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar, “More Disordered than Disorder: Self-Organization, Microstates and Why Entropy Might Not Be What You Think,” by Pablo Damasceno of the University of Michigan at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdy, Oct. 8 in the Collins Conference Room at SFI, 1399 Hyde Park Road in Santa Fe.

The public is invited to bring a lunch. The SFI host is Sid Redner.

Abstract.  Despite being usually associated to disorder, Entropy can be used to assemble building blocks into a variety of complex structures in a surprisingly predictive way. In this talk I will investigate the role of entropy in systems of Brownian agents interacting with each other solely through their shape.

I will show how the concept of Directional Entropic Forces is crucial for the patterns emergent from jamming, packing, assembly and even folding processes. Finally, a perhaps surprising relation between entropic forces and traditional forces used in self-organization will be given.

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