Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, Westminster College assistant professor of mathematics, presented "The Mathematical Study of Shape: An Introduction to Topology" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.
Topology is sometimes described as geometry with rubber sheets, where two shapes are considered to be the same if one can be deformed into the other. Boerner will relate these ideas of shape to his current research on skein modules.
Boerner, who joined the faculty in 2010, earned an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.