From: Royce Zia <troubles@fisica.unimi.it>
Newsgroups: milano.seminari
Subject: 04-12-2003 Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Date: 1 Dec 2003 09:58:41 GMT

                               Seminario Teorico

                              Il giorno 04-12-2003
                        alle ore 15:00 in Aula Consiglio

                                   Royce Zia
                     Virginia Tech and University of Essen

                        terra' un seminario dal titolo:

                     Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

                                   Abstract:
 Founded over a century ago, statistical mechanics (SM) for systems in thermal
equilibrium has been so successful that, nowadays, it forms part of our physics
 core curriculum. On the other hand, most of "real life" phenomena occur under
   non-equilibrium conditions. Unfortunately, statistical mechanics for such
 systems is far from being well established. The goal of understanding complex
 collective behavior from simple microscopic rules (of evolution, say) remains
  elusive. As an example of the difficulties we face, consider predicting the
 existence of a tree from an appropriate collection of H,C,O,N,... atoms! Over
  the last two decades, an increasing number of condensed matter theorists are
 devoting their efforts to this frontier. After a brief summary of the crucial
  differences between text- book equilibrium SM and non-equilibrium SM, I will
                give a bird`s-eye view of some key issues, rangi