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Optimal rope racking: what many physicists "know" (and some mathematicians believe)

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  • UserRob Kusner (University of Massachusetts)
  • ClockTuesday 22 August 2023, 15:00-15:30
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PMVW01 - 5th International Conference on Packing Problems: Packing and patterns in granular mechanics

What’s the most dense way to pack a collection of curves into a finite volume container subject to a uniform “thickness” constraint on the curves?  We’ll explore what’s known (a little) or unknown (a lot) about this question, discuss a number of putatively-optimal examples which illustrate the subtleties, and make some conjectures about what to expect about the optimal  configurations “almost everywhere”!

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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