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The world is filled with spherical imagery: patterns on soccer balls, panoramic photos, and even the globe itself. How can the curved surface of a sphere be flattened to fit on the planes (paper, computer screens) we use every day? What distortions do cartographers introduce when they flatten the globe, and is there a better way to represent the earth on which we live? Mathematician David Swart expertly transitions between these two types of geometry, bringing us all along as we both flatten spheres and reconstitute the round from the flat.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics and presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail mathencounters@momath.org.

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants age 12 and up.

Please check our online shop for books by Math Encounters presenters.

October 1st, 2014 4:00 PM   through   6:00 PM