Friday, March 24th, 2017

Student Talk Series: Carina Curto 3/30 @ noon in Olin 268

Title:  What can topology tell us about the neural code? Abstract:  Cracking the neural code is one of the central challenges of neuroscience. Neural codes allow the brain to represent, process, and store information about the outside world. Unlike other types of codes, they must also reflect relationships between stimuli, such as proximity between locations in an environment. In this talk, I will explain why algebraic topology provides natural tools for understanding the structure and function of neural codes.

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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Student Talk Series: Joe Lauer 3/9 @ noon in Olin 268

Title:  The Mathematics of Soap Films Abstract:  Every child knows that when you blow bubbles the surface that results is a sphere. But why? We’ll talk about this, more exotic examples, and a little bit about the group of Princeton mathematicians that became obsessed with soap films in the 1960s.

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