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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

Community Event

Longbranch Cafe


11:00am - 2:00pm

"Pizza & Polyhedra" Community and K-12 Student Event

Morris Library 3rd Floor Rotunda

Please RSVP with number attending to


3:00pm - 3:50pm

Math Department Seminar

"Pleasures, Challenges, and New Results on Polyhedra"

Neckers 156


    Why attend?

    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.

    Roundest Polyhedra

    145 face polyhedra



    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.


    About Wayne

    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


    Event Hosts

    New Blankets, Inc.

    "Let's Library Together"

     Friends of Morris Library

    Friends of Morris Library


    Thank You

    Thank you so much to the Friends of Morris Library for sponsoring the opening reception!

    Roundest Polyhedra Resources


    Related Books

    An Adventure in Multidimensional Space - Koji Miyazaki
    ISBN: 9780471816485
    Publication Date: 1987-01-14

    Cover Art
    Polyhedron Models - Magnus J. Wenninger
    Call Number: QA491 .W39
    ISBN: 0521069173
    Publication Date: 1971-02-28

    Cover Art
    Multimodular Origami Polyhedra - Rona Gurkewitz; Ben McGrath; Bennett Arnstein
    Call Number: TT870 .G8724 2003
    ISBN: 0486423174
    Publication Date: 2003-03-03

    Cover Art
    String, Straightedge and Shadow - Julia E. Diggins; Corydon Bell (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0670678589
    Publication Date: 1965-03-29
    A Great Book for Kids! (And a glimpse of math history.)

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