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Mathematician who uses 3-D graphics and
games to explain the universe will speak at the U of M Nov. 12

When we look out on a clear night, the universe seems infinite,
yet this is an illusion, says Jeffrey
Weeks, a freelance
mathematician, who will speak at the **University of
Minnesota** at
**7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in Willey
Hall, Room 175**, 225 19th
Ave. S., Minneapolis. In fact, it is a "multi-connected
universe" and the best way to explain it is through interactive
3D graphics and games that show several possible shapes for
space, Weeks says.

A noted author and mathematician, Weeks is the second speaker
in the public lecture series sponsored by the **Institute of
Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)** at the **University of
Minnesota**. The lecture is appropriate for anyone fascinated
with space and the universeâ€”from middle school students to
adults.

Weeks says understanding the universe is based on mathematics, but in teaching, it is essential to start with great visuals. "I let the audience experience the games to understand the math." he said.

Weeks received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1985. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1999. His research focuses on the use of powerful mathematical tools to solve problems in physical cosmology, a branch of astronomy that studies the largest scale structures and dynamics of our universe, particularly how it was formed and how it evolves.

For more information on this and other public lectures
sponsored by the IMA, visit
**http://www.ima.umn.edu/public-lecture**.

The **Institute for Mathematics and its Applications
(IMA)** brings
together the best minds in math and the sciences to solve
pressing problems facing our society, our industries, and our
planet. It is funded by the **National Science Foundation** and the
**University
of Minnesota**.