Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium

Thursday, September 30, 2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CT)
MSPB 370
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Mathematics & Statistics

Join us on September 30 in MSPB 370 for a Mathematics & Statistics Colloquium given by Christine Lee, University of South Alabama on The Shape of the Universe.  

This talk is directed especially toward undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics or related subjects.

Topology studies the shapes of objects that are unchanged by stretching and shifting. In low-dimensional topology, we study the shapes of 3- and 4-dimensional objects that model the physical world that we live in. In this talk, I will consider the question: "What is the shape of the universe?" I will introduce the mathematical context for manifolds, knots, and surfaces for making sense of the question, discuss how geometric topology helps explore the range of possibilities, and relate current physical evidence supporting the likelihood of different answers. 

30 minutes before the talk refreshments will be served in MSPB 360.  Join us to meet the speaker and the Mathematics & Statistics Faculty here at South!


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