The CSI Mathematics Undergraduate Lecture Series presents “Visualizing Hyperbolic Geometry” with Dr. Evelyn Lamb, University of Utah on Thursday, May 8 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) Lecture Hall (Room 119).

For 2,000 years, mathematicians tried to prove that Euclidean geometry, the geometry you probably learned in high school, was all there was, but it’s not. In the early 19th century, Jnos Bolyai and Nikolai Lobachevsky independently discovered that by tweaking one of Euclid’s rules, geometry can look totally different.

We will explore the rich world of hyperbolic geometry, one of the new and beautiful systems of geometry that results from this tweak. Our guides on the adventure will be mathematically inspired artists and artistically inspired mathematicians, including M.C. Escher, Daina Taimina, and Henry Segerman.

All are welcome.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics, the College of Staten Island, and the Simons Foundation.