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Math Lecture at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Today, Jan. 29

Star Numbers: From 17th-century Oranges to Delivery Robots and Beyond

Today! January 29, 2016 from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will discuss his recent research.

“We will discuss a new variation of a 400-year-old problem from Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton about how densely geometric shapes can be packed together. Along the way we’ll encounter Amazon delivery robots, geometric networks, an iphone game, computers that prove theorems, 24-dimensional spheres, Tetris, cannonballs, and some exciting new theorems.

No previous math or Tetris experience required.

Free admission

This research was done in collaboration with Andrew Bishop WU’14, Ben Gardiner WU’13, and David Livingston WU’15.”

Location Information:
WU Campus – Hatfield Library in Hatfield Room
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300

Contact Information:
Name: Doreen Simonsen
Phone: 503 375-5343
Email: dsimonse@willamette.edu

Event Sponsor(s):
Faculty Colloquium


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