Dr. Peter Massopust, of Tuboscope Vetco International Inc. in Houston, Texas, will give a free presentation, “Fractal Geometry: A Personal Perspective,” at noon Thursday, Dec. 2, in the Center for Applied Mathematics lab, Room 225, O’Shaughnessy Science Hall.

This presentation is an introduction to fractal geometry and its applications to the natural sciences. Massopust will discuss methods of construction fractal sets, present some dimension results and focus on the theory of fractal functions and fractal surfaces and the relationship to wavelet theory.

Massopust has a doctorate in applied mathematics from Georgia Tech; he completed his dissertation under the supervision of renowned fractal expert Michal Barnsley. In addition to many papers on fractal geometry, Massopust also has written a popular research monograph on fractal functions, fractal surfaces and wavelets.