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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Thompson's problem for 5 electrons
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:Richard Schwartz, Brown University
Abstract:
Thompson's problem, from 1904, asks how 5 electrons arrange themselves on the sphere so as to minimize the Coulomb potential of the configuration. It has long been "known" to scientists that the triangular bi-pyramid is the best configuration, but until now there hasn't been a proof. I will explain my rigorous, computer-aided proof that the triangular bi-pyramid is the best.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:11 / 18 / 2010
Time:04:00pm - 05:00pm