This 2.5 MC fun Friday afternoon course will look at four concrete examples of emergence in physical systems: (1) cellular automata; (2) chaos theory; (3) hydrodynamics; and (4) superconductivity. This module has no prerequisites, and no preclusions. It is suitable for both science majors and non-science majors. We will read some primary sources, and will occasionally get our hands dirty solving equations numerically.
About the instructor. Shaffique Adam is a theoretical physicist interested in the complex and surprising ways electrons behave when they are subject to the interplay of quantum mechanics, material imperfections, confined geometries and interactions with other electrons. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Singapore National Research Foundation Fellowship, NUS Young Investigator Award, Singapore Institute of Physics World Scientific medal and the Singapore National Research Foundation Investigator Award.