Colloquium: Apollonian Fractal — Numbers, Geometry, and Physics

Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Planetary Hall Room 126

Featured Speaker:
Jerzy Kocik
Southern Illinois University, Department of Mathematics

Not only is the Apollonian configuration of circles an aesthetically noteworthy fractal but it also possesses a surprisingly rich mathematical structure. In particular, it conceals the main ingredients of modern physics, like Minkowski space-time, a model of spin, analogies of the quantum Aharonov-Bohm-like phenomena, and more. We shall gently explore these results, uncovering facts that should be found interesting and inspiring to students, researchers, and enthusiasts of geometry and physics.

Refreshments will be served.