Applied Math Seminar: Mike Siddoway "The Call of the Lune"
- Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Wilson Hall, 1-144 - view map
Applied Math Seminar
Dr. Mike Siddoway (Mathematics, Colorado College / MSU)
Title: The Call of the Lune
Abstract: 5th Century BC mathematician Hippocrates of Chios began the first systematic study of the area of figures with curved edges. With the intention of finding a way to "square the circle" he looked for ways to construct and square lunes - objects formed with the arcs of two circles. In this talk, we'll look at the three lunes Hippocrates could construct and square, the two new such lunes found by Euler 2200 years later, and the eventual work of 20th and 21st century mathematicians (via Galois Theory, the Gelfond-Schneider theorem, Baker's theorem and other mathematical masterpieces) who demonstrated that these five were the only lunes that could be constructed with a ruler and compass and squared using the same tools.