Breaking the Walls Between Economics, Physics, and Geometry

Breaking the Walls Between Economics, Physics, and Geometry

How Optimal Allocation of Resources and Entropy Meet in the Non-Euclidean World

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Entropy, a measure of disorder and complexity, is omnipresent in our lives, affecting disciplines like physics, statistics, biology, information transfer, and innovations like the discovery of atoms, the rise of computers, and many others. This video lecture from the 2011 Falling Walls Conference features Cedric Villani, one of the foremost pioneers in the study of this exquisitely interdisciplinary concept and recipient of the 2010 Fields Medal, considered the most prestigious international award in mathematics. Through entropy, Villani shows the link between the apparently unrelated theory of optimal transport and the concept of curvature, arising from non-Euclidean geometry and playing a key role in Einstein's theory of general relativity. This is a story where physics, economics, and geometry intertwine and lead to applications such as the improvement of efficiency in the transportation of goods.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2011
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (16 min.) : sd., col


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