The IMA will kick off the 2013-2014 Public Lecture Series with a talk on September 19, 2013. Brian Conrad, Stanford University, will present "From Rubik to Escher to Security: Symmetry from Scratch" at 7 p.m.
Since 2008, Conrad has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, working on problems involving symmetry that emerges from number theory.
According to Conrad, symmetry is evident in many forms from ancient architecture to classical art; however, not as obvious is the mathematical theory of symmetry behind modern applications, such as Rubik's cube, the art of M.C. Escher, and the security of financial transactions on the internet. These three topics are not as unrelated as they may initially seem to be. During the upcoming lecture, the mathematical ideas behind symmetry will be developed from scratch and illustrated with pictures and numerical examples.
Join us Thursday, September 19, 2013, in 2-650 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware St. NE, East Bank, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.