A lecture by John M. Sullivan (jms@math.uiuc.edu)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
University of Illinois, Urbana

in the series Mathematics in Science and Society


Foams are important materials for many practical purposes, because of their elastic properties, acoustic damping, consistency, and ability to transport gas. We will consider mathematical models of soap bubbles, foams and froths, as collections of surfaces which minimize area under volume constraints. The resulting surfaces have constant mean curvature, and obey certain combinatorial rules making them dual to triangulations.

Tuesday, December 8, 1998 at 4:00 pm
Room 245, Altgeld Hall

Refreshments at 3:15 pm in Room 321, Altgeld Hall