Gaussian Curvature and Gyroscopes

GAP Seminar

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Ping Xu, Nigel Higson, Mathieu Stiénon, Kendra Stauffer, Matthew Peddie.

Speaker: Mark Levi, The Pennsylvania State University

Abstract: Some counterintuitive mechanical phenomena, such as the gyroscopic effect, turn out to be related to Gaussian curvature. This applies, for instance, to the Lagrange top, which is described in virtually every advanced text on classical mechanics, but without reference to differential geometry. I will describe this in more detail, for non—specialists, and will mention some interesting (at least, to me) related things discovered in the last couple of decades.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number: 320 Whitmore

Date: 10/17/2017

Time: 2:30pm - 3:20pm