Dr. Jeffrey Weeks Della Pietra Lectures, May 3-4, 2012

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SYMMETRY: FOLDING AND UNFOLDING
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at 2 pm

In this hands-on workshop participants will see how every symmetrical pattern has an “unfolded form” and a “folded form” and learn an easy way to name symmetry patterns based on their folded forms. Pre-printed copies of symmetrical patterns will be provided. Participants with iPads are encouraged to bring them, but they are not required.

 

THE SHAPE OF SPACE
Thursday, May 3rd, at 7 pm

The universe seems infinite, yet this infinity might be an illusion. During this presentation Dr. Weeks will use computer games to introduce the concept of a “multiconnected universe”; interactive 3D graphics and satellite data will provide tantalizing clues to the true shape of our universe.

  

 

VISUALIZING FOUR DIMENSIONS
Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 2 pm

An introductory lesson on visualizing 4-dimensional space, with physical and philosophical applications. For anyone who enjoys straining his/her brain thinking about math.