Prof. Nigel Goldenfeld will be giving the first SPE lecture on "How to Stop COVID-19 Using Mathematics" on Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 10:15 AM.
“Modeling the COVID-19 epidemic is not rocket science, it’s harder,” notes theoretical physicist and Swanlund Professor Nigel Goldenfeld, who has helped guide state and local officials in predicting the spread of this pandemic.
In this Saturday Physics for Everyone 2020 virtual seminar, he’ll describe how modeling the spread of this virus is similar to modeling a rocket’s trajectory, but you can’t see the rocket, the direction it's pointing, or how much fuel the rocket has. Clearly, the best methods we have for managing the COVID-19 pandemic rely on using mathematics as our guide. This lecture will delve into exactly how these mathematical models are developed and verified, their current accuracy, as well as some local and state predictions that arise.
Saturday Physics for Everyone (SPE) lectures are free and open to the public- all are welcome to attend.