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Date & Time

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (CST), Nov.3rd

Venue: IB 1010

Zoom ID: 715 337 7467

*Light refreshments will be provided


Dr. Pascal Grange

Associate Professor of Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

Event Description

Join Dr. Pascal Grange to discuss orders of magnitudes! Before the meeting, students should read chapter 1 and work out one or two examples of their own order-of-magnitude estimates, to be shared with other participants. Anything goes: ”how much tea was produced in China last year?, how many atoms are there in the Earth?, how many calories were there in my breakfast?, how much energy is consumed by air conditioning on Earth every summer?”. 


A theoretical physicist by training, Pascal Grange is interested in quantitative models of systems with many degrees of freedom. His current field of research is the statistical physics of out-of-equilibrium systems (this class of systems includes living systems). His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include differential equations and probability.

His work has appeared in leading academic journals including Nuclear Physics B, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and Journal of Physics A (Mathematical and Theoretical). Moreover, he has published a textbook (“Mathematical Models of Solids and Fluids”, Liverpool University Press, 2021).

Pascal Grange holds a B.Sc. in engineering from Ecole Polytechnique (Paris, France) , an M.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Paris 7 Jussieu and a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Ecole Polytechnique. He served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, U.S.) and at the University of Hamburg (Germany). He was a quantitative strategist at Goldman Sachs (London, U.K.) before coming back to academic research as a computational scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York, U.S.). Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was the program director of the B.Sc applied mathematics at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (Suzhou, China).