Brookhaven Women In Science (BWIS) Event
"The truth and beauty in quasicrystals"
Presented by Marjorie Senechal, Smith College
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 4 pm
Berkner Hall Auditorium
Hosted by: Vivian Stojanoff
The truth and beauty in quasicrystals Abstract: Like mosaics observed in our childhood kaleidoscope, quasicrystals show remarkable patterns that can not be repeated in a regular manner. Discovered in 1982 quasicrystals are very hard and break easily, like glass. Due to their unique properties they can be used to convert heat into electricity, in surface coatings for frying pans, or can be used in energy saving LED's. In this talk Senechal, Louise Wolf Kahn Professor Emerita in Mathematics and History of Science and Technology at Smith College, and Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, will discuss the beauty and applications of the patterns observed in artificial and natural quasicrystal structures.