FEST: Ruud Schotting

Dear members,

On November 11th, Prof. dr. Ruud Schotting will give a talk on “This is where you lost me completely… The power and beauty of mathematics in geosciences”
Often complex hydrogeological phenomena can be analyzed and elucidated by using simple mathematics. There also exist extremely simple mathematical problems that appear to have an excessively complex solution or even have no solution at all…! In this FEST lecture examples of both of the aforementioned types of problems will be given. Two rather complex hydrogeological problems will be discussed and analyzed using simple mathematics: the dynamics of a fresh- saltwater interface in the subsurface and the unorthodox behavior of a contaminant plume in groundwater. Both problems appear to have a very simple and elegant solution. The mathematics used to obtain these solutions will be presented such that nobody in the audience will get lost, and moreover it will be interlaced by funny side-stories and facts. In addition educational aspects of mathematics in the UU Earth Sciences curriculum will be discussed.


You can join the talk on-campus in MIN 2.01 or online through our FEST TEAMS channel: https://tinyurl.com/fest-teams

Or join the meeting directly with the link: https://tinyurl.com/fest-teams-meeting

Drinks will be provided afterwards in the canteen of the Vening Meinesz.

Hope to see many of you at the FEST!

Best wishes,

The FEST committee