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Graduate Seminar

Joe Briggs
Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Isoperimetric Inequalities

Abstract: Suppose a farmer has a given length of high voltage (bendy) electrical wire which he would like to use in enclosing his collection of sheep. Despite the obsession with electrocutions, he wants to be kind to the sheep, by having as much grass inside the wire as he can. How does he do it? This popular problem has a long history, and in combinatorics, we have joined the fun by asking what happens if the farmer lives on the vertices of a graph. The aim of this talk will be to explore and answer the question in full for hypercubes.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 8220
Submitted by:  Brian Kell