11/18/04          MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

            MATH COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2004,

11:00 AM, STARR 138

 

SPEAKER:     Dr. Michael Dekker, Assistant Professor

                      Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University         

 

 

TITLE:           A Brief Tour of Topology

 

 

 

Abstract:

 

Topology is a field of mathematics that can briefly be defined as “the qualitative study of shapes”.  Frequently, undergraduate mathematics majors receive little exposure to topology, which is a field that receives a great deal of attention from research mathematicians.  In addition, there are many interesting topics in topology that can be enjoyed without an advanced background in mathematics.  In particular, we will examine some well-known topological objects including the Sphere, the Torus, the Moebius Band, and everyone’s favorite non-orientable 2-dimensional manifold, the infamous Klein Bottle (even though it doesn’t exist in 3-dimensions!).  Students are especially welcome!

 

REFRESHMENTS:  11:00 AM, STARR 138

 

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