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27 March 2007
Dr. Edwin Smith to Present Faculty Scholar Lecture

Dr. Edwin Smith

Dr. Edwin H. Smith, 2006-2007 JSU Faculty Scholar Lecturer, will present a lecture titled "Covering Your Infinite Packing Problems in Space" on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 355 Ayers Hall.

Dr. Smith is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Science in Mathematics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from Auburn University. Dr. Smith has been a JSU faculty member for twelve years. During that time, he has published several research papers, all in highly ranked international journals.

His talk will rely heavily on pictures. Mathematical background is not necessary for a general understanding of the topics. However, a visual imagination will be helpful, particularly for the three dimensional problems.

During the past century, much has been proven regarding the efficient packing or covering of the Euclidean plane with copies of an arbitrary convex body. There are also a few good results of this type for specific convex bodies in the plane. Regarding such questions, three dimensional space is a new frontier, though not (as famously asserted) the final frontier.

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