Shankar Venkataramani

The Compton lectures

The Arthur H. Compton lectures are a series of 10 lectures organized twice every year by the Enrico Fermi Institute. The aim of the series is to communicate recent developments in Physics and the excitement of cutting edge scientific research to the general public.

I was the Arthur H. Compton lecturer in the fall of 1997, and I delivered series of lectures entitled ``The Chaos revolution and beyond: Physics in a Nonlinear World''. The slides from (some) of the lectures are here.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a summer program for mathematically talented high school students at the University of Chicago, run by Prof. Paul Sally. In the summer of 2002, I taught 11th and 12th graders a 6 week course on dynamical systems and using computers to study interesting dynamics. A collection of matlab programs/demos will be here soon.

European Forum Alpbach

In the summer of 2003, I gave a series seminars on ``Chaos and Catastrophes: Modeling the unexpected'' at the European Forum in Alpbach, Austria. The European forum is a summer school for students from around the world, where they are given an opportunity to interact with academics and leading personalities in science, politics, economy and the arts, with an aim toward fostering discussion about important current problems, and search for solutions that are beyond the confines of specialized disciplines.

The slides from my talks ( Warning : These files are HUGE) -

* What is Chaos?
* Fractals everywhere
* From order to chaos (to order?)
* Chaos in the real world
* Beyond Chaos


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