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Math Awareness Month Public Lecture

Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Malott Hall, 253

Mathematics Awareness Month Public Lecture Series

Mathematics Awareness Month is held each year in April. Its goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. To that end Cornell's Department of Mathematics sponsors an annual public lecture. To learn more about Mathematics Awareness Month and its history, visit


The next lecture in this series will take place on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 4:30pm in 253 Malott Hall.
Refreshments will be served at 4:00pm in 532 Malott Hall (the fifth floor lounge.)

Speaker: David Swart, Mathematical Artist
Title: The Delightful Geometries of Soccer Balls

Abstract: You are probably familiar with traditional soccer balls, with their black pentagons and white hexagons.  What you may not have noticed is the creative “arms race” that soccer balls have been through in recent years with new graphics and seam patterns appearing all the time.  Modern soccer ball designs are in that wonderful intersection between mathematics and art:  they allow mathematicians to gain an appreciation for design, and they allow sports fans to learn something about geometry.  Even if you’re familiar with the latest soccer ball designs, or with spherical geometry, or both, there will likely be something new and interesting to learn from this talk.  (You might even learn how to finally draw a decent soccer ball!)

A poster for this talk is available following this link.

For mobility or other accommodations, please contact Heather Peterson.

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