Manipulating Geometries for Fun and Profit
Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German mathematician who worked in the eighteenth century, is one of history’s most influential mathematicians. In 1828, he proved a result so surprising and beautiful that he called it the Theorema Egregium (Latin for “remarkable theorem”). This “Remarkable theorem” constrains ways in which shapes can be manipulated, and remains relevant in current research to this day. Dr. Venkataramani will discuss the Theorema Egregium in the context of his research into the geometry and mechanics of thin objects, and their physical, biological and technological applications. Among other things, this discussion will touch on folded paper, origami in space, leaves, flowers, and swimming sea-slugs.
Time: 6 to 7: 30 p.m.
Class availability limitations: None
Shankar Venkataramani is a professor of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Arizona