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Mathematics Department

Colloquium Series

Fall 2021

All talks are 3:45-4:45 p.m. online at this Google Meet link

  • Oct
  • Frameworks in motion: theory, design, and fabrication
    Jessica Sidman
    Mount Holyoke College
    Location: Virtual Talk
    Time: 03:45 PM

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    What do your umbrella, a folding gate, and a scissor lift have in common? They are all made of rigid parts attached at joints designed to yield a structure that can move with one degree of freedom and then locked in a rigid state to perform a useful function. In 1981, famed architect Santiago Calatrava wrote a PhD thesis, "Concerning the Foldability of Space Frames," consisting of a systematic exploration of the geometry and design of foldable frameworks. I'll use his thesis as a jumping off point to explore the fundamentals of rigidity theory and share some ongoing work on the design of a tent framework in collaboration with architect Naomi Darling and Mount Holyoke students Sohini Bhatia, Stephanie Einstein, Nana Aba Turkson, and Zainab Umar.
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