The mathematical concepts of geometry and topology (think geometry with beer goggles) come up all over the science world, but many people are unnecessarily afraid of them. Using paper, tape, cloth, scissors, and safety pins, we will create some mathematical objects together and talk about some applications of the mathematical ideas, particularly to physics. We will explore tilings and tessellations of planes with different geometries. At the end, you can take home your new pet torus, Klein bottle, or other surface. The care and feeding of topological objects is beyond the scope of this session, so you're on your own for that.
Questions: 1) You don't need a degree to understand some of the coolest math out there: you just need scissors, fabric, and glue. 2) What can lines on a curved surface tell us about the shape of the Universe? How is a coffee cup like a donut? 3) Modern math connects MC Escher with meteorites, carbon nanotubes, and your grandma's crazy quilts.