03/23/2012 - 7:00pm

03/23/2012 - 8:00pm

If, as Galileo said, the book of the universe is written in the

language of mathematics, it is also true that many new chapters in the

book of mathematics have been inspired by nature. I will explore this

connection through several puzzles from the ordinary experiences of

everyday life: why is it difficult to break dry spaghetti in half? Why

do things like extension cords, shoe laces, and earbuds always get

tangled up in knots? How does a falling droplet splash onto the floor?

In each case, careful experimentation leads to mathematical answers,

generating interesting new questions in the process.

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