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.
NICO is pleased to present:
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 self-perpetuating entities that compete for members. The
group of religiously-unaffiliated 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