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The Theorem of Archimedes

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Archimedes was very proud of his Theorem relating the surface area of a sphere to the area of a cylinder. He asked for this to be inscribed on his tombstone. I will show that his pride was justified and that his theorem has had a major impact on the mathematics of recent times, with surprising connections to such things as the isoperimetric inequality and the Hodge signature theorem.

This talk is part of the The Archimedeans (CU Mathematical Society) series.

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