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Star Numbers: From 17th-century Oranges to Delivery Robots and Beyond
Start Date: 1/29/2016Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 1/29/2016End Time: 5:15 PM

Event Description
Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics, will discuss his recent research.
"We will discuss a new variation of a 400-year-old problem from Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton about how densely geometric shapes can be packed together. Along the way we'll encounter Amazon delivery robots, geometric networks, an iphone game, computers that prove theorems, 24-dimensional spheres, Tetris, cannonballs, and some exciting new theorems. No previous math or Tetris experience required. This research was done in collaboration with Andrew Bishop WU'14, Ben Gardiner WU'13, and David Livingston WU'15."
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hatfield Library  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hatfield Room
Contact Information:
Name: Doreen Simonsen
Phone: 503 375-5343
Email: dsimonse@willamette.edu
Josh Laison
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free admission
Event Sponsor(s):
Faculty Colloquium

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