Event Detail

Event Type: 
Undergraduate Seminar
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 16:00 to 17:00
Location: 
Bexell 415

Speaker Info

Institution: 
University of Utah
Abstract: 
For two thousand years, mathematicians tried to prove that Euclidean geometry, the geometry you probably learned in high school, was all there was. But it's not! In the early nineteenth century, János Bolyai and Nikolai Lobachevsky independently discovered that by tweaking one of Euclid's rules, geometry can look totally different. We will explore the rich world of hyperbolic geometry, one of the new and beautiful systems of geometry that results from this tweak. Our guides on the adventure will be mathematically inspired artists and artistically inspired mathematicians, including M.C. Escher, Daina Taimina, and Henry Segerman.