ESG Popular Talk Series at IISER-P: Talk on “Why are soap bubbles approximately spherical?”
Registration Form ( Talk will be held on 17 March 2019 (Sunday) from 10:00 am to 11:15 am at New Lecture Hall, Smt Indrani Balan Science Activity Centre, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008)


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1. PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE:

New Lecture Hall,
Smt Indrani Balan Science Activity Centre,
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER),
Dr. Homi Bhabha Road, Pashan, Pune 411008

DATE : 17 March 2019 (Sunday)

TIME : 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

SPEAKER : Dr Anisa Chorwadwala, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, IISER-Pune

Abstract of the talk:

The following questions arise quite naturally from what we see around us. Why are soap bubbles that float in air approximately spherical? Why does a herd of reindeer form a round shape when attacked by wolves? Of all geometric objects having a certain property, which ones have the greatest area or volume; and of all objects having a certain property, which ones have the least perimeter or surface area? These problems have been stimulating much mathematical thought. Mathematicians have been trying to answer such questions and this has led to a branch of mathematical analysis known as “shape optimization problems”. A typical shape optimization problem is, as the name suggests, to find a shape which is optimal in the sense that it minimizes a certain cost functional while satisfying given constraints. Isoperimetric problems form a special class of shape optimization problems. A typical isoperimetric problem is to enclose a given area with a shortest possible curve. I will be talking about the classical Isoperimetric Problem, its fascinating history and its evolution with time.

2. Directions to Venue: http://www.iiserpune.ac.in/useful-links/reaching-iiser

3. Registration is FREE and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

4. Age Group: Ideally Class 7 - 10. However, we welcome other students to attend.

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