Location: Planetary Hall Room 126

Jurek Kocik

Southern Illinois University

Department of Mathematics

Abstract

Not
only is the
Apollonian configuration of circles an aesthetically noteworthy fractal
but it
also possesses a surprisingly rich mathematical structure. In
particular, it
conceals the main ingredients of modern physics, like Minkowski
space-time, a
model of spin, analogies of the quantum Aharonov-Bohm-like phenomena,
and more.
We shall gently explore these results, uncovering facts that should be
found interesting
and inspiring to students, researchers, and enthusiasts of geometry and
physics.