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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Floating Bodies in Equilibrium
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Robert Finn, Stanford
Written literature on this topic can be traced at least to Aristoteles about 350 BC. Much was incorrect and certainly little was definitive prior to the remarkable achievements of Laplace in his 1806 treatise on mécanique céleste. Almost 200 years elapsed till other work of comparable precision on this topic began to appear. Currently open problems are becoming recognized (among them a curious connection with billiards theory), and there is activity toward resolving them. I will discuss the current state of that theory, with emphasis on the question of determining when a body denser than a given liquid can be made to float on a surface of that liquid.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:12 / 02 / 2010
Time:04:00pm - 05:00pm