Chaim Goodman-Strauss - Shaping Surfaces (4pm)

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How nature uses math to sculpt the geometry of living surfaces

Nature melds living surfaces from the geometry of curvature.  Corals, leaves, lichens — even membranes and ears — all living surfaces are shaped through exquisite control over this intrinsic geometry, even as those surfaces flex, twist, and grow.  Explore fundamental topological principles with mathematician Chaim Goodman-Strauss, and see the surprising beauty and simplicity of the underlying principles that control the geometry of surfaces.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics and presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants age 12 and up.

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December 3rd, 2014 4:00 PM   through   6:00 PM