var response='success'; jQuery('#ad-event-feed-36362 .raweventdata').html("\u003cdiv class=\"feedevent\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"title\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=15855&information_id=43096&type=&syndicate=syndicate\" target=\"blank\" \u003eDresden Memorial Lecture\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"regspaces\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"enddate\"\u003e04/25/2017\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"starttime\"\u003e12:00 AM\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"endtime\"\u003eMidnight\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"recurrence\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"description\"\u003eThe Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Swarthmore College invites all to The Dresden Memorial Lectures 2017.\r\n\r\nRobert Bryant \r\nDuke University\r\n\r\nTime: 4:15 Refreshments\r\nLecture: 4:30-5:30pm\r\n\r\nMonday April 24\r\nTitle: The idea of holonomy\r\n\r\nAbstract: The notion of `holonomy\u0027 in mechanical systems has been around for more than a century and gives insight into daily operations as mundane as steering and parallel parking and in understanding the behavior of balls (or more general objects) rolling on a surface with friction. A sample question is this: What is the best way to roll a ball over a flat surface, without twisting or slipping, so that it arrives at at given point with a given orientation? In geometry and physics, holonomy has turned up in many surprising ways and continues to be explored as a fundamental property of geometric structures. In this talk, I will illustrate the fundamental ideas in the theory of holonomy using familiar physical objects and explain how it is also related to group theory and symmetries of basic geometric objects.\r\n\r\nTuesday April 25\r\nTitle: On the geometry of geodesics on Finsler surfaces\r\n\r\nAbstract: In recent years, our understanding of how the geometry of \u0027geodesics\u0027 (shortest curves joining two points) generalizes from the familiar case of surfaces in space to a wider class of geometries has improved greatly. After giving a brief introduction to Finsler surfaces to familiarize the audience, I\u0027ll report on some of these developments and some surprising examples and relations between them. Emphasis will be on the geometry and the motivations rather than computations, but I hope to explain some very recent work I and my collaborators have done classifying the geodesic flow on Finsler surfaces of constant curvature. \r\n\r\n—\r\nBrief biography:\r\n\r\nRobert Bryant received his PhD in 1979 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working in differential geometry with applications to the geometry of systems of partial differential equations. He has served on the faculty at Rice University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Duke University, where he is currently the Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics. He served as the Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute during 2007–2013 and as the President of the American Mathematical Society during 2015–2017. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.\r\n\r\nProfessor Bryant’s research interests center on exterior differential systems and the geometry of differential equations, especially their applications to differential geometry, minimal submanifolds, special holonomy, integrable systems, and mathematical physics. He proved the local existence of and analyzed the generality of metrics with exceptional holonomy, producing the first explicit examples.\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"contact\"\u003eL. Chen, lchen@swarthmore.edu, 690-4763\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"location\"\u003e, Science Center, Science Center : Science Center 101 - Chang Hou Hall\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/displaymedia.aspx?whatToDo=picture&id=4567\" border=\"0\" alt=\"Robert Bryant\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"thumbnail\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/displaymedia.aspx?whatToDo=picture&thumbnail=thumbnail&thumbnailwidth=100&id=4567&square=N\" border=\"0\" alt=\"Robert Bryant\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"category\"\u003eAcademic Departments & Programs\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"extrainfo\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"sponsor\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"opento\"\u003eThe Public\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"startdate\"\u003e04/24/2017\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"feedevent\"\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"title\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=15856&information_id=43098&type=&syndicate=syndicate\" target=\"blank\" \u003eDresden Memorial Lecture\u003c/a\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"regspaces\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"enddate\"\u003e04/25/2017\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"starttime\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"endtime\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"recurrence\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"description\"\u003eThe Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Swarthmore College invites all to The Dresden Memorial Lectures 2017.\r\n\r\nRobert Bryant \r\nDuke University\r\n\r\nTime: 4:15 Refreshments\r\nLecture: 4:30-5:30pm\r\n\r\nTuesday April 25\r\nTitle: On the geometry of geodesics on Finsler surfaces\r\n\r\nAbstract: In recent years, our understanding of how the geometry of \u0027geodesics\u0027 (shortest curves joining two points) generalizes from the familiar case of surfaces in space to a wider class of geometries has improved greatly. After giving a brief introduction to Finsler surfaces to familiarize the audience, I\u0027ll report on some of these developments and some surprising examples and relations between them. Emphasis will be on the geometry and the motivations rather than computations, but I hope to explain some very recent work I and my collaborators have done classifying the geodesic flow on Finsler surfaces of constant curvature. \r\n\r\n—\r\nBrief biography:\r\n\r\nRobert Bryant received his PhD in 1979 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working in differential geometry with applications to the geometry of systems of partial differential equations. He has served on the faculty at Rice University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Duke University, where he is currently the Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics. He served as the Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute during 2007–2013 and as the President of the American Mathematical Society during 2015–2017. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.\r\n\r\nProfessor Bryant’s research interests center on exterior differential systems and the geometry of differential equations, especially their applications to differential geometry, minimal submanifolds, special holonomy, integrable systems, and mathematical physics. He proved the local existence of and analyzed the generality of metrics with exceptional holonomy, producing the first explicit examples.\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"contact\"\u003eL. Chen, lchen@swarthmore.edu, 690-4763\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"location\"\u003e, Science Center, Science Center : Science Center 101 - Chang Hou Hall\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"image\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/displaymedia.aspx?whatToDo=picture&id=4568\" border=\"0\" alt=\"Robert Bryant\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"thumbnail\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"http://calendar.swarthmore.edu/calendar/displaymedia.aspx?whatToDo=picture&thumbnail=thumbnail&thumbnailwidth=100&id=4568&square=N\" border=\"0\" alt=\"Robert Bryant\" /\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"category\"\u003eAcademic Departments & Programs\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"extrainfo\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"sponsor\"\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"opento\"\u003eThe Public\u003c/div\u003e\u003cdiv class=\"startdate\"\u003e04/25/2017\u003c/div\u003e\u003c/div\u003e")