[Blueboard] Special Lecture on The Double Soap Bubble Theorem

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Tue May 10 09:29:20 PHT 2011


The Ateneo de Manila University
Mathematics Department

cordially invites you to a talk on

The Double Soap Bubble Theorem
(Proof of the Double Bubble Conjecture)

by

Prof. Frank Morgan
Atwell Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Bronfman Science Center
Williams College, USA

on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
4:00 ? 6:00 pm at SOM 111.

Abstract

A single round bubble provides the least-area way to enclose a given  
volume of air, as was proved mathematically by Schwarz in 1884.  
Similarly, the double bubble that forms when two soap bubbles come  
together provides the least-area way to enclose and separate two given  
volumes of air, although we did not prove that until 2000. The talk  
will include open questions and progress by undergraduates. No  
prerequisites; students welcome.

About the Speaker

Frank Morgan works in minimal surfaces and studies the behavior and  
structure of minimizers in various dimensions and settings. He went to  
Princeton and MIT where he taught for ten years, receiving the Everett  
Moore Baker Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, holding  
the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair and serving three  
years as Undergraduate Mathematics Chairman. He spent leave years at  
Rice, Stanford, and the Institute for Advanced Study and has  
represented mathematics research at the exhibition for Congress by the  
Coalition for National Science Funding. He has served on the NSF Math  
Advisory Committee, become chair of the Hudson River Undergraduate  
Mathematics Conference, held the first Visiting Professorship for  
Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University, served as Second  
Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America, and served  
as Mathematics Department Chair in Williams College. He has written  
six books on mathematics and received numerous awards, including an  
inaugural MAA national award for distinguished teaching, the Allen  
High School Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from  
Cedar Crest College. He is currently Vice-President of the American  
Mathematical Society and Webster Atwell ?21 Professor of Mathematics  
at Williams College. (http://math.williams.edu/morgan/bio/)


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