The Geometry of Our Universe Lab
We'll continue to engage with theories about
the geometry and shape of our universe
as well as connections to
art, philosophy, physics, medicine, astronomy, geography, and visualization.
Because our brains are wired to see 3-D (by using layering 2-D slices),
if you are properly engaging the material with an open mind, then
these ideas should stretch
the limits of your imagination. In order to help you, I
have pulled together readings, hands on
activities and movies.
In order to save paper, I have not printed this lab. I recommend
that you work in a group using at least two computers, with
(when needed) one person
reading these directions from their computer as the other
performs the activities, and taking some notes on the readings in addition
to answering the questions.
The Geometry of our Universe
Greek mathematicians were able to determine that the earth was
round without ever leaving it.
We hope to answer the most basic
question about our universe in a similar manner.
excerpts taken from:
Davide Cervone's materials
Cathy Gorini Geometry at Work
Experiencing Geometry in the Euclidean, Spherical, and Hyperbolic Spaces
Jean-Pierre Luminet, Glenn D. Starkman and Jeffrey R. Weeks
Is Space Finite?, Scientific American
Road Map for the Mind:
OLD MATHEMATICAL THEOREMS UNFOLD THE HUMAN BRAIN,
Jeff Weeks Exploring the Shape of Space
Dr. Sarah J. Greenwald,
Appalachian State University
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