3rd Annual Edward Delaval Lecture in Physics

Distinguished Maths & Physics Public Lectures

Nature’s engines:
Powering life

a public lecture by

Professor Julia M Yeomans FRS

University of OXFORD

Wednesday 20 March 2019

6 pm – 7:20 pm

Newton Lecture Theatre INB0114 in the Isaac Newton building, University of Lincoln

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Active systems, from cells and bacteria to flocks of birds, harvest chemical energy which they use to move and to control the complex processes needed for life. A goal of biophysicists is to construct new physical theories to understand these living systems, which operate far from equilibrium. Among the many questions are: How do cells make and use complex nanoscale motors? Why do birds, bacteria and cells self-organise into similar patterns? And, surprisingly, how might topological defects be relevant in a biological context?


Julia Mary Yeomans FRS is a British theoretical physicist. She was educated at Somerville College, Oxford, for her BA and at Wolfson College, Oxford, where she was awarded a DPhil degree in Theoretical Physics in 1979…

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