Yorkshire Branch of the
Mathematical Association







Programme 2018 - 2019

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This year, our meetings will be held at the University of Leeds in the School of Mathematics, Room Mall 1, except the W P Milne Lecture, which will be in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building.

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There is a Campus Map here (The School of Mathematics is building 84a.)

2018

Saturday 20th October 2018, 2pm for 2:30pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Known Cousins"
Dr Richard Elwes – University of Leeds


The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart).




Other meetings will be announced shortly


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