Frank Morgan, Williams College, to Give Special October Lecture at Baylor

June 28, 2017

Frank Morgan, the Webster Atwell ’21 Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at Williams College, will visit Baylor University from October 10-13. During his visit, he will give a lecture, entitled The Isoperimetric Problem with Density, on Wednesday October 11. Further information on his lecture is given below. Professor Morgan is a well known and highly respected mathematician as well as a very popular lecturer on the mathematics circuit. He specializes in research in geometric measure theory and minimal surfaces. He has also written six highly successful books in mathematics.

Frank Morgan

Professor Frank Morgan

Professor Morgan is perhaps best known for proving the Double Bubble conjecture, namely that the minimum-surface-area enclosure of two given volumes is formed by three spherical patches meeting at 120-degree angles at a common circle.

Morgan studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Princeton University, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1977, under the supervision of Frederick J. Almgren, Jr. Frank taught at MIT for ten years before moving to Williams College.

Currently, Frank is the Editor-in-Chief of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). From 2000-2002 he served as Second Vice-President of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)and, from 2009-2012, he was Vice-President of the AMS; during this time, he launched the AMS Graduate Student Blog, by and for mathematics graduate students. Morgan served at Williams as Mathematics Department Chair and founding director of SMALL, one of the largest and best known summer undergraduate mathematics research programs in the country.

Dr. Morgan has spent sabbatical leaves at several universities including Rice, Stanford, the Institute for Advanced Study and Princeton. He served on the NSF Math Advisory Committee from 1994-97. In 1993, he received an inaugural MAA national award for distinguished teaching. In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the AMS.

LECTURE: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:00pm (Room TBA)

Title: The Isoperimetric Problem with Density
Abstract: The fact that the round sphere provides the least-perimeter way to enclose given volume in Euclidean space has inspired millennia of theory and applications. What happens if you give space a density, weighting both perimeter and volume? Interest in such densities has exploded since their appearance in Perelman's proof of the Poincaré Conjecture. We'll discuss some conjectures and recent results, some by undergraduates.
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