Direct and Inverse Problems in Shaping Sheets

Monday, May 16, 2011 - 9:15am - 10:15am
Lind 305
L. Mahadevan (Harvard University)
I will discuss some simple mathematical problems associated with the shaping of sheets inspired by the buckling of graphene, the rippling of leaf edges, the blooming of flowers, and the coiling of guts. One particular focus is the role of boundary conditions at a free edge, and a second is the question of inverse problems inspired by optimal design for tissue engineering.