Event Detail

Event Type: 
Geometry-Topology Seminar
Date/Time: 
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 12:00 to 12:45
Location: 
WNGR 201
Abstract: 

Please be my guinea pig as I prepare for hands-on presentations with school audiences. My abstract for school children is "We'll engage in hands-on explorations of symmetry, bridging the mathematical worlds of geometry, topology, and number systems. Symmetry involves shapes that remain the same even when moved or distorted in certain ways, such as by rotation, reflection, or scaling. Combining these movements leads to newly imagined number systems. And adding strings and their tanglings and untanglings creates yet new challenges and wilder number worlds. Be prepared for string challenges, and also bring a limber arm for some twisting." I invite you to try to act like a child! Don't be surprised if the quaternion group emerges!