Rankin Lecture: Billiards
Carlos Matheus Silva Santos (CNRS, Paris)
Tuesday 18th February 16:00-17:00 Maths and Stats Building, Room 116
Dynamical billiards were designed to serve as simpler models for intricate phenomena in Statistical Mechanics. Nevertheless, the body of research developed over the last 100 years taught us that the family of dynamical billiards is rich enough to exhibit all complicated behaviours (elliptic, parabolic and hyperbolic) described by the modern theory of Dynamical Systems.