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Virtual Soft Matter Seminar Stuttgart

Stuttgart University has a prominent assembly of groups performing research on soft matter. This page tries to list all talks on soft matter research that take place at the University of Stuttgart within the next three months.

  • Sun, 31. Oct 2021
    • 13:00–15:00: The Physics of Complex and Disordered Systems: the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics of Giorgio Parisi
      The aim of this talk is to give an introduction to the physics of complex and disordered systems, with an emphasis on the works that earned Giorgio Parisi the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics. After explaining what are disordered systems, we introduce the concept of replicas and Parisi's replica symmetry breaking, and illustrate it on the simplest spin-glass model, the Sherrington-Kirkpatrick model. We discuss the enormous impact of these concepts on the physics of proteins, on combinatorial optimization and simulated annealing, and on neural networks and their applications to machine learning.

      Prof. Roy Beck

      Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Experimental Biophysics The Center for Physics and Chemistry of Living Systems, Chair

      Department of Condensed Matter Physics, School of Physics and Astronomy The Sagol School of Neuroscience The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

      Tel Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, 69978, Israel

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