
Glen Whitney, Harvard, will give a talk titled:
"Why Five Platonic Solids? (It's not as simple as you think!)"
Abstract: There are various things in math that you just know are true: among all
shapes with a given surface area, the sphere encloses the most volume, a
trefoil knot is really knotted, a continuous simple closed curve has an
inside and an outside, etc. Yet when you try to prove them, you suddenly
discover that you are sticking your toes into deep (and possibly
sharkinfested) waters. At this math table, I'll try to convince you
that the familiar fact that there are just five regular solids is a fact
of this particularly vexing character (and hopefully have a bit of fun
along the way).
