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Mathematician Dr. Jeffrey Weeks to Discuss “The Shape of Space” at YHC

Friday, September 14, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Mathematician Dr. Jeffrey Weeks to Discuss “The Shape of Space” at Young Harris College

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Thursday, Sept. 27, Young Harris College will host “The Shape of Space,” a guest lecture by renowned mathematician Jeffrey Weeks, Ph.D., at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

During his lecture, Dr. Weeks will discuss that while the universe may seem infinite, infinity may be an illusion. He will use computer games to introduce the concept of a multi-connected universe. Interactive 3D graphics will take the audience on a tour of several possible shapes of space, and recent satellite data will provide tantalizing clues to the true shape of the universe.

Dr. Weeks fell in love with geometry in 12th grade when he read the book “Flatland.” He earned his A.B. in mathematics from Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. He has held faculty appointments at Princeton University, Stockton State College, Ithaca College and Middlebury College. 

With support from a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and the National Science Foundation, Dr. Weeks currently works as a freelance mathematician. He is well known for his geometry and topology software, as well as his work in cosmology. He is the author of the book “The Shape of Space” and numerous research articles.

While maintaining collaboration with cosmologists working to determine the topology of space from satellite measurements of the microwave background radiation, Dr. Weeks presently devotes most of his time to bringing the simplest and most beautiful ideas about topology and space to middle school and high school students. To find out more, visit geometrygames.org.

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5365.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 200 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.

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