This fall, Wake Forest hosts the 2017-18 MAA State Dinner. Professor Frank Morgan, an inaugural winner of the national Haimo Award for distinguished mathematics teaching, will speak on using polyhedra to completely fill, or "tile", space.
Students, faculty, and the general public are welcome; minimal background in mathematics is required.
The evening begins with a student poster session at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:15, and concluding with Frank Morgan's lecture at 7:00.
Title. The Most Efficient Tetrahedral Tile of Space
Abstract. The unit cube minimizes surface area among all unit-volume polyhedra of six faces to tile space. With more faces you can do better; with fewer faces you do worse. Only two other cases are known; one of the two, the best tetrahedral tile, was proved just this past summer, by undergraduates.
Short bio. Frank Morgan of Williams College works in geometry and serves as Editor-in-Chief of Notices of the American Mathematical Society. He has over 200 publications, including six books, ranging from the Math Chat Book and Calculus to a graduate text on Geometric Measure Theory.
Thursday, September 28 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Reynolda Hall, Magnolia Room
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106