Ice dams are currently causing many houses to leak, and the Beatles wrote about fixing a hole where the rain gets in. Conversely, mending a particular kind of mathematical hole is harder—if cheaper—than patching a real hole. The surprising thing in the research under discussion turns out to be that it is easier to fix infinitely many holes than just one.
Presented by Bill Goldbloom Bloch, Professor of Mathematics
Wednesday, March 4th
President’s Dining Room