Opening Reception - Morris Library Rotunda
Presentation by Wayne Deeter - Guyon Auditorium
11/3/15 - 11/6/15
9:00am - 5:00pm
"Open House" Meetings and Drop-in sessions with Wayne Deeter
Morris Library Room 480a
6:00pm - 9:00pm
11:00am - 2:00pm
"Pizza & Polyhedra" Community and K-12 Student Event
Morris Library 3rd Floor Rotunda
Please RSVP with number attending to firstname.lastname@example.org
3:00pm - 3:50pm
Math Department Seminar
You will enjoy the "Roundest Polyhedra" events and Wayne Deeter's presentations if you are an expert, an amateur, or simply fascinated by:
- Geometry and colorful geometric shapes and puzzles in 3D
- Mathematics, mathematical beauty and famous & connected problems
- Computer algorithms that generate beautiful (optimal?) images and shapes
- Physics, chemistry, and biology connections to shapes that appear "on
their own" in nature -- from soap bubbles and films to honeycombs
and the surface coats of viruses.
Round peg in a square hole?
If you were asked to “capture” a circle by enclosing it inside a
“fence” of only a few straight lines, how small could you make your fence?
If you allowed yourself only four sections of fence, you would find that your best answer is to “Put a round peg in a square hole”. Your strategy to capture the circle with the smallest foursided fence would be the regular four-sided polygon – a square. And you would also discover that the “captured” circle touches the sections of your fence exactly at their centers. But the explorations are just beginning!
Let's now transport our little game of “capture the circle” away from the flat 2-D space of paper and bring the game into our own three dimensional world. Let's now try to “capture the sphere” in a box with flat sides. Many surprises are in store! We will find that the capturingboxes which fit best (the “roundest polyhedra”) also display wonderful patterns of symmetry and surprise, like the square fence that captures the circle.
Wayne Deeter is one of the world's foremost researchers in the world of roundest polyhedra. His lectures and workshops and demonstrations as Morris Library Artist in Transit will show the fascinating beauty of these polyhedra, explore their remaining intriguing puzzles, and highlight their connections with mathematics, physics, biology and surprising games.
Opening Reception & Presentation
Thank you so much to the Friends of Morris Library for sponsoring the opening reception!