Patterns Patterns Everywhere

Wednesday, March 7, 2007 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Willey Hall 125
Martin Golubitsky (University of Houston)
Regular patterns appear all around us: from vast geological formations to the ripples in a vibrating coffee cup, from the gaits of trotting horses to tongues of flames, and even in visual hallucinations. The mathematical notion of symmetry is a key to understanding how and why these patterns form. In this lecture Professor Golubitsky will show some of these fascinating patterns and explain how mathematical symmetry enters the picture.