Fry Conference Series: Challenges and Recent Advances in Mathematical Physics 2021

04 Feb 2020, by franblake in Events

20 – 22 January 2021 (Online)

This is the first in a series of conferences being held to celebrate the move of the School of Mathematics at the University of Bristol to the recently refurbished Grade II listed Fry Building at the heart of the university campus.

Taking place over three days, this international conference features a distinguished line up of speakers, covering a broad range of topics in mathematical physics including quantum information, quantum field theory, integrable systems, random matrix theory and statistical physics.


Alexander Bobenko (TU Berlin)
Harry Buhrman (CWI and QUSOFT)
Tom Claeys (UC Louvain)
Margherita Disertori (Bonn)
Eva-Maria Graefe (Imperial College)
Subir Sachdev (Harvard)
Sylvia Serfaty (New York)

20 January 2021
Public Lecture by: Alexander Bobenko (TU Berlin)

The Discrete Charm of Geometry

Discrete geometric structures (points, lines, triangles, rectangles, polygons, etc.) are ubiquitous in everyday life, ranging from visible sophisticated freeform structures in contemporary architecture to hidden geometric algorithms in computer generated imagery. On the other hand, discrete geometric structures have also proven to be very useful in modeling and approximating continuous shapes (e.g. curves and surfaces) and real processes. This lecture provides a non-technical and pictorial introduction to the foundations of a new beautiful branch of mathematics which underpins these real world situations. We will also show excerpts from our new computer-animated movie entitled “Koebe Polyhedra and Minimal Surfaces”.

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