2010: Complexity in Nature
2010 Heilborn Speakers (from left to right):
Dr. Yoram Lithwick, Dr. Jacques Laskar, Dr. Murray Gell-Mann, Dr. James Sauls, Dr. James Yorke. Not pictured: Dr. Michael Syphers.

The department of Physics and Astronomy has decided to change the format of our yearly Heilborn lectures to yearly Heilborn Symposium starting the academic year 2009/10.  We plan to focus on a different topic every year during the Heilborn week. This year, the theme of the symposium is on complexity and we hope there is much interaction between Heilborn speakers, outside visitors and our department faculty/postdocs/graduate students.

The program focuses on complexity in nature and consists of six talks given on January 6 - 8, 2010 at 11 am and 4 pm. The afternoon talks, given by J. Yorke, J. Laskar and M.  Gell-Mann, will be of a more general nature while the morning talks, given by Y. Lithwich, M. Syphers and J. Sauls, will be more technical.

Dr. Murray Gell-Mann

1969 Nobel Prize Winner
Distinguished Fellow at Sante Fe Institute
Professor Emeritus at Caltech

'Simplicity and Complexity'

Abstract · Video

Dr. James Yorke

Professor of Matehmatics and Physics
University of Maryland


Abstract · Video

Dr. Jacques Laskar

Director of Research CNRS
Paris Observatory

'Is the Solar System Stable'

Abstract · Video

Dr. Yoram Lithwick

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern University

'Secular Instability: Organization of Planetary Systems and the Formation of Hot Jupiters'

Abstract · Video

Dr. Michael Syphers

Assistant Accelerator Divison Head
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

'Relativistic Chaos: Nonlinear Dynamics in Large Particle Accelerators'

Abstract · Video

Dr. James Sauls

Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Northwestern University

'Quantum Transport in a Random Fractal'

Abstract · Video

Co- Sponsered by Northwestern University's Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts & Science (WCAS), The Graduate School (TGS), Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST), and the Adler Planetarium.