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Kinder-Universität Zürich

Can Math Be Messy? (Workshop in English)


Led by: Prof. Dr. Laure Saint-Raymond, UZH, Mathematics

Disorder increases – or in other words, things are almost sure to get mixed up. In everyday life, there are many examples of mixing phenomena to be discovered: milk and water in a same container will not  stay separate from each other, marbles in a bag will not line up spontaneously according to their color…

In this workshop, we will study a simple mathematical model which explains
why we  can observe spontaneous mixing but not the reverse phenomenon.


Saturday, 1 April 2017, 1:00pm–3:00pm


5th & 6th grade primary school pupils
There are 24 places available.


Institute of Mathematics, UZH
Detailed information will be sent upon confirmation of registration.

Program subject to change.

Laure Saint-Raymond: More about me ...

Laure Saint Raymond

I was born in 1975.

After graduating in mathematics and physics, I chose to work at the interface between both disciplines. I am indeed curious of understanding the world which surrounds us, but the language of mathematics which is extremely precise and perfectly rigorous is the one I like most. My specialization is in partial differential equations.

With simple models, we can catch deep concepts and important physical phenomena.

I have a permanent position in France, where I am also a member of the French Academy of Sciences, but, as many scientists, I have visited many countries for teaching and research.

In particular, I have spent one year in Boston visiting Harvard.