Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Talk Title: Memory, directed aging and Nature’s greed
Location: Chemla Room (67-3111)
Sidney Nagel is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago. His work has focused on seemingly simple phenomena that nevertheless are surprisingly subtle with implications for disparate areas of science. These include experimental investigations of drops, pattern formation and granular materials. Another area of emphasis has been his attempt to understand the properties of disordered materials through the concept of jamming. His experiments have also often focused on the elegance of the phenomena under investigation in order to interest a broad community of scholars as well as a lay audience in looking at nature with renewed appreciation. Nagel’s academic career began as a Research Associate at Brown University in 1974. In 1976 he joined the University of Chicago, becoming a full professor in 1984, and gaining his present position in 2001.