Alexander Gaifullin “Flexible polytopes” | Big Seminar

May 20, 2021
19.00 MSK (UTC +3)
Talk on Big Seminar

Alexander Gaifullin "Flexible polyhedra: Constructions, Volume, Scissors Congruence"

Alexander Gaifullin from Skoltech, Steklov Mathematical Institute of RAS will give the talk "Flexible polyhedra: Constructions, Volume, Scissors Congruence" on the labs' Big Seminar.

The talk will be held in zoom
Meeting ID: 279-059-822 zoom-link
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Flexible polyhedra are polyhedral surfaces with rigid faces and hinges at edges that admit non-trivial deformations, that is, deformations not induced by ambient isometries of the space. Main steps in theory of flexible polyhedra are: Bricard’s construction of self-intersecting flexible octahedra (1897), Connelly’s construction of flexors, i.e., non-self-intersecting flexible polyhedra (1977), and Sabitov’s proof of the Bellows conjecture claiming that the volume of any flexible polyhedron remains constant during the flexion (1996). In my talk I will give a survey of these classical results and ideas behind them, as well as of several more recent results by the speaker, including the proof of Strong Bellows conjecture claiming that any flexible polyhedron in Euclidean three-space remains scissors congruent to itself during the flexion (joint with Leonid Ignashchenko, 2017).

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Everyone is invited to attend. The language of the lecture is English. The event is aimed at master and graduate students, as well as researchers in the field of combinatorics.