### From Soap Bubbles to the Poincare Conjecture

- Series
- School of Mathematics Colloquium
- Time
- Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 11:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 269
- Speaker
- Frank Morgan – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College

**Please Note:** Light refreshments will be available in Room 236 at 10:30 am.

A single round soap bubble provides the least-area way to enclose a given volume. How does the solution change if space is given some density like r^2 or e^{-r^2} that weights both area and volume? There has been much recent progress by undergraduates. Such densities appear prominently in Perelman's paper proving the Poincare Conjecture. No prerequisites, undergraduates welcome.