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The Least-Perimeter Tile with n Faces

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Foams and Minimal Surfaces

Co-authors: Paul Gallagher (University of Pennsylvania), Whan Ghang (MIT), David Hu (Georgetown University), Zane Martin (Williams College), Maggie Miller (University of Texas at Austin), Byron Perpetua (Williams College), Steven Waruhiu (University of Chicago)

The truncated octahedron is after Kelvin conjectured to be the least-surface-area unit-volume polyhedral tile of space. Work with undergraduates seeks the least-surface-area unit-volume n-hedral tile (with n faces). The solution is proved for only two values of n.

Related Links: http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.1590 – “Surface-area-minimizing n-hedral Tiles” preprint

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

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