Bubbling with excitement!

[This is the first of a series of short posts rounding up ICMS’ activities in 2012]

In March we hosted a workshop on Isoperimetric problems, space-filling, and soap bubble geometry. This brought together experts in geometric measure theory, numerical computation, and foam structure and applications to make progress finding and proving the optimum area-minimizing cellular structures.

Soap bubbles are familiar objects and a great starting point for public events. Blowing bubbles is fun but before you know you find yourself in a world of optimal packing structures that have applications from astrophysics to architecture. And so it was for the school children attending Frank Morgan’s presentation (above) at Our Dynamic Earth and for the general audience at Dennis Weaire’s evening talk in our lecture theatre.  Dennis’s talk, entitled Me and Kelvin: how bubbles brought me to Beijing, was an entertaining survey of the history of bubble studies from Lord Kelvin’s work in 1887 through to his current work including it’s use in creating the aquatic centre for the Beijing Olympic Games.

Frank Morgan has also written about the workshop itself on his blog in the Huffington Post where he looks ahead to future developments in the subject.

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