 
Summary: Danny Abrams is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Sciences
and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University. He holds a
B.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech, a Ph.D. in Theoretical and
Applied Mechanics from Cornell University, and was an NSF Math
Sciences postdoctoral fellow as well as a Fulbright Scholar. Danny's
research interests include synchronization, mathematical
geoscience, and mathematical modeling of social systems.
NICO coffee hour will follow for questions, networking and collaboration.
http://www.northwestern.edu/nico
NICO is pleased to present:
Danny Abrams
November 2, 2011  12:00 to 01:00 P  Chambers Hall, Lower Level  600 Foster Street
Refreshments served at 11:30 A
"Modeling the decline of religion: do social networks matter?"
Much like animals competing for a limited supply of food or water, social groups
can be thought of as selfperpetuating entities that compete for members. The
group of religiouslyunaffiliated individuals has grown rapidly in recent times. We
use research on social conformity, together with methods from nonlinear physics,
as the basis for a mathematical model of this growth, and come to a startling
conclusion: coexistence of religious and irreligious segments of society may be
