Please note a colloquium is scheduled on September 18, at 16:00 at 22bld. seminars hall (22bld. 3rd floor)
Speaker: Professor Ralph Kenna
Title: How humanities saved physics and vice versa: the Ising model in an interdisciplinary world.
Organization: Applied Mathematics Research Centre, Statistical Physics Group, Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems, Design Hub, Technopark, Coventry University CV1 5FB, England
Abstract: This is an eclectic talk reflecting varied research interests — all founded on the Ising model. I start with a brief history and introduction to the model, how Ising’s contribution was received 100 years ago and how it is presented now. I then discuss how scientometrics are used to “measure” modern academics, and how misplaced knowledge threatens academic freedom and the research landscape. I then go further into the interdisciplinary world, and speak about the relationship between physics and the humanities. I discuss instances of cultural misappropriation - attempts to overwrite Ireland’s mythology 250 years ago and now. I then discuss how research into this topic, inspired by the Ising model, is impacting on society. And I relate how this impact feeds back into physics and humanities and helps tackle the perils of mishandled knowledge.
Please be on time and keep your phones on silent mode during the seminars.