When we look out on a clear night, the universe seems infinite. Yet this infinity might be an illusion. During the first half of the presentation, computer games will introduce the concept of a "multiconnected universe." Interactive 3D graphics will then take the viewer on a tour of several possible shapes for space. Finally, we'll see how recent satellite data provide tantalizing clues to the true shape of our universe. The only prerequisites for this talk are curiosity and imagination. For middle school and high school students, people interested in astronomy, and all members of the university and surrounding communities.
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.