Physics Colloquium: Idealization and Modeling

Event Details

  • Speaker(s): Robert Batterman
  • Date:
  • Time: 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: SCIE 1511 - Atrium Wing

This paper discusses the nature of idealizations in applied mathematics and physics. It argues for the heretical position that some explanations actually require, essentially, appeals to idealizations. One example discussed in detail is the modeling of drop break-up at both macroscopic and nanolevel scales.