A New Look at an Old Calculus
Presented by professor Robert Ghrist - Andrea Mitchell professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
Calculus has been around for centuries and has a long tradition of applications spanning the modern history of science. However, the current age is characterized by a sweeping array of new potential applications—to machine learning, AI, robotics, neuroscience, genetics, and much more. In addition, both our curricula and our default modes of instruction (chalk, paper, 4-color texts) are not keeping pace with innovation. This talk will be an argument for updating both the content and the mode of visualization of calculus. There will be lots of pictures, new applications, and even a little bit of the mathematics that lies beyond calculus.
Presentation by professor Alex Zupan.
Topologists like to break up complicated objects into small, manageable pieces. As a simple example, a natural way to split the surface of the earth is to divide it into two pieces, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Of course, the earth's surface can also be cut into many more components, and a natural question is to determine how each of these decompositions is related to any other. We consider the problem of cutting up a sphere into topological puzzle pieces in dimension two, three, and four, describing some recent progress (joint with Jeffrey Meier) on a big, unsolved problem in this area.
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