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Mathematical Physics: Past, Present, and Future

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Leibniz Lectures

27 March 2014, 6.00 pm

PDMI, Marble Hall, 27, Fontanka

PROF. GUNTER M. ZIEGLER

SUGAR CUBES, SOAP BUBBLES, A REVOLUTION AND A STAR:

SOME STELLAR IMAGES BETWEEN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

About the lecture:

Let us take a closer look at some amazing images by

Leonardo, Durer, Rembrandt and Escher. The closer look,

of course, will lead us to ask questions, to discover mistakes,

but it also connects to important research on the

ever-changing interface between Mathematics and Physics.

The research links these images with key questions of

Mathematical Physics:

How many (and how few) degrees of freedom could there

be in a polyhedron? How can we describe the spherical

shapes on soap bubbles? At the end, we will not only

ask: How much Mathematics and Physics is there in the

drawings and paintings of Leonardo, Durer, Rembrandt

and Escher? But also: How much Physics is there in the

Image of Mathematics?

The lecture will be followed by a reception of Freie Universitat Berlin

The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize has been awarded by the Deutsche

Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) every year

since 1986 for outstanding achievements in research. This most

prestigious scientific award in German research aims to improve the

working conditions of outstanding scientists and academics, expand

their research opportunities, relieve them of administrative tasks,

and help them employ particularly qualifi ed young researchers. Prize

winners present their research in the worldwide Leibniz Lecture

series.