On Reuleaux and Cohn-Vossen, or buttons and balls that cannot run away

Date: 2022-10-20

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

Zoom link: https://kva-se.zoom.us/j/9217561880


Bernd Kawohl


My lecture centers around convex sets of constant width and the biographies of two scientists from the 19th and 20th century, Franz Reuleaux and Stefan Cohn-Vossen.
While some of it is at the level of mathematical entertainment (how to drill a square hole?), it will also contain a deep and only partially answered questions and some aspects on the history of mathematics. 
To be very specific, geometric aspects of the following nonlinear PDE for the boundary of a convex closed set in Euclidean 3-space will be addressed: $min{ kappa_1,kappa_2}=1$.