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Curvature: A Geometric Villain that Ruins our Instinctive Perception of Nature

Vehbi Paksoy, Ph.D..

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Nova Southeastern University

ABSTRACT:  Our perception of nature is based on evolutionary wiring of our brain and observations we make via our senses. But, in reality, many scientific and technological advancements are based on non-intuitive rules and principles that can only be explained by the ultimate abstraction that is embedded in mathematics. In this talk, I will discuss the concept of curvature and argue how it explains the “unexplainable”. We will see how the curvature proves that the earth is rotating, how good the soap bubbles are at proving profound mathematical results, and if the two dimensional residents can determine the shape of their world . Get ready to see some interesting applications of the curvature in engineering, medical sciences and even architecture.

WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, December 2 from 12:00-1:00 PM in the Mailman-Hollywood Building Auditorium (2nd Floor) on the Main (Davie) Campus.  We do start a few minutes after noon for those who have events that end at noon.

BIO:  Dr. Paksoy has a B.S. from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, an M.S. from Bilkent University, Turkey, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Nova Southeastern University. His research interests include algebraic and differential geometry, multi-linear algebra.

Future Winter 2016 MCS Presentations:

  • Tuesday, January 19 at noon by Dragan Radulovic, Ph.D. from Florida Atlantic University
  • Wednesday, February 3 at noon by Ricardo Carrera, Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University
  • Thursday, February 18 at noon by Gnana Bhaskar Tenali, Ph.D. from Florida Institute of Technology
  • Tuesday, March 15 at noon speaker TBA
  • Tuesday, March 29 at noon by Ryan C. Scolnik from Florida State University
  • Thursday, March 31 at noon by Muhammed Islam, Ph.D. from the University of Dayton
  • Tuesday, April 12 at noon by Ming-Liang Cai, Ph.D. from the University of Miami
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