Seeing Symmetry

Speaker: Frank Farris, Santa Clara University

Date & Time:

Monday, March 18, 2013
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Location:

3M Auditorium

Abstract: The word symmetry may evoke bilateral symmetry, as in an idealized human face or the two wings of a butterfly. For mathematicians, the concept is richer, ranging from the patterns of wallpaper to the symmetries of a molecule or crystal. Indeed, the concept of symmetry is central to students' first experiences in the field of abstract algebra, where symmetry is used to illustrate the idea of a group. For mathematicians, group is a technical notion that may be best approached through examples, like the ones offered here. The images in this exhibition offer a way to learn more about symmetry and the group concept. Of course, some visitors will prefer simply to look and enjoy a workout of the visual cortex

Video of Dr. Farris's talk is available here

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