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Symmetry, Reflecting Reality and How to Solve Rubik’s Cube in 20 Moves

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START DATE 16 April 2015
START TIME 06:15pm
LOCATION

Room C207, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

Symmetry, Reflecting Reality and How to Solve Rubik’s Cube in 20 Moves

A rubik's cube (Credit: William Warby)In this Popular Mathematics Lecture Dr Thomas Bending, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex University, looks at what we mean by symmetry and how it appears in different guises, not just in the visual world and geometry but also in mathematics, physics and many other places.

Thomas shows how common ideas about symmetry can be applied in very different situations, so that we can take a puzzle about numbers and use it to answer a question about particle physics.

Using symmetry we can design objects in hyperspace, find the most efficient way to organise a wine-tasting, and see how to solve Rubik's cube from any of its 43 billion positions in just 20 moves.

Refreshments will be served from 5.30pm in the Rickett Quadrangle, College Building.

To book your place please email: educationliaison@mdx.ac.uk


 
Photo: William Warby, reproduced in original form under Creative Commons license.

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