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03-02-2011

Wild Weather Wishes, Curious Chaotic Cases at Clarkson University Science Cafe March 9

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"Wild Weather Wishes and Other Curious Chaotic Cases" is the topic of a discussion by Clarkson University Mathematics Professor Erick Bollt at the next Science Cafe at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, March 9, at 7:15 p.m.

Why is it so hard to predict the weather? Why is a 10-day forecast so hard to believe, and should I believe the Farmer’s Almanac? Chaos theory tells us that extreme sensitivity to minute details -- the so called "butterfly effect" -- is found all around us, in fields as diverse as engineering, biology, economics and also meteorology and weather forecasting. ebollt

Join Bollt in a fascinating tour of chaos science. Using simple arguments, intriguing video clips and technological toys, he will discuss how, countering intuition, some aspects of chaos are regular and predictable, enabling us to deal with it in some cases, even tame it, in many others.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

Find out more about Clarkson’s Science Cafe at http://www.clarkson.edu/sciencecafe.

E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at ScienceCafe@clarkson.edu with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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