Math Mornings at Yale: Asher Auel - Wallpaper, Platonic Solids, and Symmetry

source: Yale University    2016年10月20日
The Platonic solids-the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron-are some of the most beautiful and symmetric geometrical objects in 3-dimensional space. Their mysteries started to be unraveled by the ancient Greeks and still fascinate us today. In 1872, the German geometer Felix Klein proposed the Erlangen program, which sought to unify the study of geometry through the study of symmetries. We will investigate instances, from crystals to wallpaper, when symmetry can lead to a more fruitful understanding of geometry and vice versa. Mathematics is patterns & logic, imagination and rigor. It is a way of seeing and a way of thinking. Math Mornings is a series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at bringing the joy and variety of mathematics to students and their families. Come play math games for 30 minutes and then listen to an engaging talk about Math! Talks are usually accessible to 7th graders and up, but bring the whole family! Refreshments will be served. This series occurs three times each semester. You can see more about Math Mornings at Yale here: http://math.yale.edu/math-mornings. For all science & math events for the public at Yale, please visit www.yale.edu/scienceoutreach.

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