Math & Society Lecture: Jeff Weeks presents "The Shape of Space"

4:10 PM  - 5:30 PM
Wednesday Nov 11, 2009
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center

When we look out on a clear night the universe seems infinite. Yet this infinity might be an illusion. During the first half of Weeks' presentation, computer games will introduce the concept of a multiconnected universe.  Interactive three-dimensional graphics will then take the viewer on a tour of several possible shapes for space. Finally, we'll see how recent satellite data provide tantalizing clues to the true shape of our universe. The only prerequisites are curiosity and imagination.

Jeff Weeks is the author of the groundbreaking text, The Shape of Space, which investigates questions regarding the shape of our universe. With his cosmologist colleagues he studies satellite data in the hope of determining the shape of the real universe. He has received numerous awards for his work, the most noteworthy being the MacArthur Fellowship in 1999.

Refreshments served at 4:10 p.m.; presentation begins at 4:30 p.m.

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Admission: Free and open to the public

Sponsored By: Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

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