Some ways of describing the 'thermal collapse' of particle gels will be demonstrated, via simple simulations. As the poet W. B. Yeats  put it, with suitable rephrasing: 'Things fall apart; the centre [of mass] cannot hold; Mere [thermal] anarchy is loosed upon the world [or rather the gel]' Mention may be made, Klaus-permitting, of the famous (to those who've heard of it) Kroy Equation, which describes how the bigger they are, the easier they crumble.  'The Second Coming', 1921.
This is a weekly series of informal talks given primarily by members of the soft condensed matter and statistical mechanics groups, but is also open to members of other groups and external visitors. The aim of the series is to promote discussion and learning of various topics at a level suitable to the broad background of the group. Everyone is welcome to attend..