Strolling on the beach we notice that our feet create dry spots around them. The sand around the leopard’s feet flows while it speeds along the desert. Close to the ocean, we often notice dark striations on the sand. These phenomena are so familiar to us that we hardly ever pause to wonder their origin. The surprising fact is that we do not really understand why sand behaves the way it does.
Join us THIS Monday, June 3, at 6:00pm at the Elephant Walk in Waltham for our next Brandeis Café Science! Professor of Physics Bulbul Chakraborty will take you on a journey through the world of granular matter: matter made out of large objects for which gravity is important and temperature is not. This is stuff that we see around all around us but know very little about.
For the last five years Prof. Chakraborty has been working on developing a theory of granular materials that can predict their collective behavior. How do sand grains assemble into sand dunes and what causes them to avalanche? Her research has led to a new paradigm for the emergence of solid-like properties. Prof. Chakraborty will take you along on her journey to the discovery of this new paradigm as she asks you the questions that she asked herself.