Science at the Edge Seminar
Speaker: Ursula Whitcher, Math Reviews, American Mathematical Society and Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Title: Mirror, Mirror: String Theory and Pairs of Polyhedra
Refreshments at 11:15 am.
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: 1400 BPS Bldg.
String theory predicts that the universe should have six extra dimensions. But what is the shape of these extra dimensions? It turns out that more than one shape may produce the same physical consequences.
This observation astonished mathematicians and led to the field of math and physics research known as "mirror symmetry". We'll describe how to use special polygons and polyhedra to write equations for the extra dimensions and their "mirror" counterparts.