The Gömböc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape | University of Oxford

The Gömböc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape

Speaker
Gábor Domokos
Event date
Event time
16:00 - 17:00
Venue
Mathematical Institute
Woodstock Road
Oxford
OX2 6GG
Event type
Lectures and seminars
Event cost
n/a
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

In 1995, Russian mathematician V.I. Arnold conjectured that convex, homogeneous solids with just two static balance points (weebles without a bottom weight) may exist. Ten years later the first ‘Gömböc’ was built. Gábor Domokos, will describe his own part in the journey of discovery, the mathematics behind that journey and the curious relationship between the Gömböc and the turtle. He will also discuss Arnold’s second major conjecture: the Gömböc in nature is not the origin, but the ultimate goal of shape evolution.

Please email gomboc@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.