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G I TAYLOR LECTURE - Fluctuations in the life of a cell: maintaining order amidst disorder

The G I Taylor Lecture by Professor Vikram Deshpande, of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

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New micro-machines, new materials

Mon 12 March

Department of Chemistry

Lecture by Professor Mark Warner FRS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Cambridge

The fifth talk in a series of lectures organised by the Cambridge Philosophical Society in the Lent Term 2018.

Abstract: Radically novel materials change shape by 100s% following temperature or illumination changes. Such sophisticated response suggests different ideas for deploying such materials from in conventional mechanics and devices.
We describe the materials and new mechanics paradigms to exploit their novelty: Local material shape changes can be arranged so that intrinsic curvature is induced into flat spaces. I will employ many demonstrations, and re-examine the map-maker’s problem of resolving planes with curved space.

Cost: Free

Ages: 16+

Enquiries and booking

No need to book.

Open to all who are interested, no booking required. Entrance is free to all our Cambridge Philosophical Society Lectures. For further information please contact the Executive Secretary or visit the Society's website

Enquiries: Beverley Larner Website Email: philosoc@hermes.cam.ac.uk Telephone: 01223 334743


All times

Mon 12 March 6:00PM - 7:00PM


Entrance to the lecture theatre is opposite the Scott Polar Research Building, off Lensfield Road

Address: Department of Chemistry
Bristol Myers-Squibb Lecture Theatre
Lensfield Road
Telephone: +44 1223 336300
Fax: +44 1223 336362