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Structure and Symmetry: The Structure and Properties of Mildly-broken Symmetries - Workshop

4th October 2017, 11:30 to 5th October 2017, 15:00, Seminar Room, Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University


‘Mildly broken symmetry’ appears much less understood and studied compared to symmetry itself. The terminologies symmetry and asymmetry grossly oversimplify reality and the choice of 'mildly broke or near symmetry' was purposefully chosen to make this distinction from symmetry and asymmetry.

Quantifying near-symmetry is a challenge and has purposefully been chosen as the issue to be addressed in the first workshop in a series of three Having considered research questions such as: how can one characterise (including mathematically) near-symmetry structure and why do we find near-symmetry structure attractive, three workshops are planned during the course of 2017/18.

The first workshop Quantifying Near-symmetry workshop takes place on 4 and 5 October 2017 and will consider how can one characterise (including mathematically) near-symmetrical structures. Unlike symmetry, ‘near perfect’ symmetry (rephrased from herein as ‘mildly broken symmetry’) has not been well studied. Whilst there are mathematical problems (such as the fact that the surface of spheres cannot be symmetrically tiled with identical shapes) the aim will be to seek, test and quantify the concept of ‘mildly broken symmetry’ across all disciplines because our attraction to ‘near perfect’ symmetry is ubiquitous. In particular the workshop may enquire whether a general perturbation approach can be applied to underlying symmetries of a base original model in order a better understanding mildly broken symmetry.

A number of external speakers are confirmed for October including: Professor Frank Close, (Physics, Oxford); Professor Ard Louis (Physics, Oxford); Professor Myron Penner (Philosophy, Trinity Western); Dr Iain McGilchrist (Psychiatry, Oxford); Professor Chris McManus (Psychology, UCL); Professor Jonathan Heddle (Biotechnology, Krakow); Professor Alan Goriely (Maths, Oxford).

Schedule

Wednesday 4 October 2017

Start

Item

11:30

Registration and Coffee

12:00

Introduction: Tom McLeish

12:15

Frank Close (Physics, Oxford): The
Asymmetric Universe - from unstable symmetry to stable unsymmetry

13:15

LUNCH

14:00

Ard Louis (Physics, Oxford):Does (near) symmetry spontaneously arise from the algorithmic nature of the world?

14:45

Amanda Nichols (Chemistry, Oklahoma) "Symmetry, Asymmetry, and the Explanatory Value of Aesthetic Properties Part 1"

15:30

Myron Penner (Philosophy, Trinity Western) “Symmetry, Asymmetry, and the Explanatory Value of Aesthetic Properties Part 2"

16:15

Refreshments

16:30

Panel Discussion

17.30

FINISH

19.00

Optional conference dinner at Lebaneat, Durham

Thursday 5 October 2017

Start

Item

09:00

Introduction by Markus Hausmann (Psychology, Durham)

09:15

Iain McGilchrist (Psychiatry, Oxford) "Asymmetry of the brain and asymmetry of the world"

10:15

Refreshments

10:45

Chris McManus (Psychology, UCL) "Near symmetry in bodies, brains and art"

12:15

LUNCH

13:00

Alain Goriely (Maths, Oxford) "Symmetry breaking in biological growth with applications to the brain"

13:45

Jonathan Heddle (Biotechnology, Krakow) "TRAPped in Space: Protein Nanocages with Unusual Structures"

14:30

Panel Discussion

15.00

Refreshments and close

To register on this workshop, please click on the following link;

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For further information contact Professor Tom McLeish (t.c.b.mcleish@durham.ac.uk) or Dr Markus Hausmann (markus.hausmann@durham.ac.uk).


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Contact t.c.b.mcleish@durham.ac.uk; markus.hausmann@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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2017/18 Annual Programme: Structure

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