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'Willmore Surface' an interpretation in sculpture of a 4-lobed torus by Peter Sales

(29 February 2012)

A new sculpture will be unveiled in front of the Calman Learning Centre on Wednesday afternoon, 14 March at 3pm for 3.15pm to celebrate the work of Durham Mathematician Tom Willmore.

Tom was Professor of Mathematics at Durham from 1964 to 1985, Dean of Science twice and a man of great character who contributed to the national profile of the department.  His widow, Gillian Boughton of St Mary's College is to unveil the sculpture with the assistance of international mathematician Professor Franz Pedit and Willmore Pure Mathematics postgraduate scholars.

The project has been in the hands of a local family firm, North East Granite, of Langley Moore.

There will also be a Public Lecture given by Professor Franz Pedit (Amherst and Tuebingen) at 2.15pm in the Calman Learning Centre (CLC203) entitled: "The Willmore Conjecture - the first fifty years". 

As well as some biographical narrative, Professor Pedit will explain, in broad terms, some of the mathematical ideas underlying the sculpture's shape and its discovery.

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