Quebec Mathematical Sciences Colloquium

January 26, 2007 from 16:00 to 18:00 (Montreal/Miami time) On location

Turn Table, Tippy Tops, Tapped Turtles

Colloquium presented by Tadashi Tokieda (Cambridge)

I will discuss, both verbally and through actual toy demonstrations, a number of nonholonomic problems. They exhibit signatures of integrability - conserved quantities, quasi-periodicity, etc. - but they do not fit into the current models of integrable systems. Other signatures are chirality and finite-time singularity, and I argue that these should be part of integrability in a generic nonholonomic problem.


UQAM, Pav. Sherbrooke, 200, rue Sherbrooke O., room SH-3420