Dr. Frank Morgan sees things in soap bubbles the rest of us don’t see.
He will explore the fragile floaters in a keynote talk, Double Soap Bubbles, at Tarleton State University’s 2018 Student Research & Creative Activities Symposium set noon-1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Barry B. Thompson Student Center ballrooms.
Register at http://bit.ly/2DOkGZ0. Lunch will be served to registrants.
Currently a visiting professor at Baylor University, Morgan will focus on math academia’s fascination with soap bubbles and the applications for related research.
A round soap bubble is the least-area way to enclose a given volume of air, as mathematicianHermann Schwarz proved in 1884. The double bubble that forms when two soap bubbles merge is the least-area way to enclose and separate two given volumes of air, as Morgan and collaborators proved in 2002.
In other spaces, there are numerous open problems and results, some of the solutions achieved by undergraduates. Morgan’s presentation will feature a guessing contest with demonstrations, explanations and prizes.
Morgan attended MIT and Princeton University, where his thesis adviser introduced him to minimal surfaces. He then taught for 10 years at MIT, where he served three years as undergraduate mathematics chair, received the Everett Moore Baker Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, and held the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair. He spent leave years at Rice, Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and Berkshire Community College.
He has written six books — “Geometric Measure Theory: A Beginner’s Guide”; “Calculus Lite”; “Riemannian Geometry: A Beginner’s Guide”; “The Math Chat Book,” based on his live, call-in Math Chat TV show and Math Chat column; and “Real Analysis and Applications.” He also has a blog at the Huffington Post.