This will be an introduction into the mathematical study of some kind of fractals. These are defined by the so-called Iterated Function Systems (IFS). The lectures will begin with some basic information about metric spaces and the fixed point theorem for contraction maps. We will then define IFS and study some general properties and some interesting examples.

Hyperbolic dynamical systems appear naturally in many areas of science and engineering. They usually exhibit strong chaotic properties and their maximal invariant sets often have a rather complicated (fractal) structure.For example, to the right the figure is shown of the limit set of a reflection group acting on the hyperbolic 3D space (which generates a hyperbolic flow on an invariant set with a similar fractal structure).

Additional information about fractals and classic iterated function systems is available for you.

There will be three mini-classes 45 minutes in duration given at **1pm** on **Tuesdays** in the **Blakers Lecture Theatre**. No registration is required, simply turn up to your preferred class listed below.

**Hyperbolic dynamics, zeta functions and fractals : Prof Luchezar Stoyanov**

A*bout the lecturer:*Luchezar is a pure mathematician with interests in analysis, geometry and topology.

Tuesdays

Week | Dates | Lecturer | Topic |
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5, 6, 7 | 25 August, 1, 8 September | Prof Luchezar Stoyanov | Hyperbolic dynamics, zeta functions and fractals |