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Imagining the Universe

by

Professor Brad Henry
Siena College

September 23, 2014
5:00 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served in Bailey Hall 204 @ 4:45pm


Abstract:

Is it possible to choose a star in the sky, travel to that star, and discover that you have arrived back in our own solar system? What might such a trip tell you about the shape of the universe? The concept of "shape" has fascinated scientists, mathematicians, and daydreamers for millenia. In the past, seafarers looked at the ocean horizon and wondered what lay beyond. Today stargazers dream of a spacecraft that will allow them to explore the depths of space. And all the while, mathematicians build sophisticated theories to try to explain our physical universe without ever leaving their desks. In this talk, we will seek to understand possible mathematical models of the universe by studying special knotted loops in space called Legendrian knots.


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