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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 — 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM EST

Platonic solidsThe Bridges lecture series are public lectures connecting Arts, Science and Mathematics.

The Platonic solids as Tiffany lamps, art objects and stepping-stones to higher dimensions.

With Hans Schepker and Carlo Sequin 

For two millennia, the regular Platonic polyhedra have fascinated not just mathematicians, but also artists and a good fraction of the general public. When realized in appropriate materials, these shapes yield beautiful art objects.

In a more abstract way, they demonstrate intriguing geometrical relationships, particularly when the general idea underlying these objects is extended to higher dimensions.

In this seminar, Hans Schepker will present some of his beautiful constructions realized in glass and metal and tell the audience how he conceives of these shapes and then realizes these artful sculptures. Carlo Sequin will analyze why there are exactly five Platonic solids, and then use these insights to derive the number of completely regular polytopes in 4 and higher dimensions.

Please register: bridgeslectureplatonicsolids.eventbrite.ca

For more information and speaker biographies, please visit https://www.sju.ca/public-events/bridges.

Cost 
Free, with parking provided
Location 
STJ - St. Jerome's University
SJ2 1004 (auditorium)
290 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G3
Canada
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