"DIPC Colloquium: Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere"

Who: Michael Berry, University of Bristol, UK

Place: Donostia International Physics Center

Date: Friday, 5 October 2018, 17:30

In some of the world's rivers, an incoming high tide can arrive as a smooth jump decorated by undulations, or as a breaking wave. The river reverses direction and flows upstream. Understanding tidal bores involves

  • analogies with tsunamis, rainbows, horizons in relativity, and ideas from quantum physics;
  • the concept of a 'minimal model' in mathematical explanation;
  • different ways in which different cultures describe the same thing;
  • the first unification in fundamental physics.

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