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IMA Public Lecture-From Rubik to Escher to Security: Symmetry from Scratch

Date: 09/19/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: 2-650 Moos Health Sciences Tower

Cost: Free and open to the public.


Stanford mathematics professor Brian Conrad presents an engaging lecture that explores symmetry in our everyday world. Symmetry is evident in many forms from ancient architecture to classical art. However, not as obvious is the mathematical theory of symmetry behind modern applications, such as Rubik's Cube, the art of M. C. Escher, and the security of financial transactions on the Internet. These three topics are not as unrelated as they may initially seem to be. During the lecture, the mathematical ideas behind symmetry will be illustrated with pictures and numerical examples.


  • Name: Amanda Aranowski
  • E-mail: amanda@ima.umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-7881
  • Sponsored by: College of Science and Engineering


Convenient parking is available at the Washington Avenue Ramp.

More information: http://ima.umn.edu/public-lecture/

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the event sponsor.

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