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The Size and Shape of Nature

Sunday, Dec 13, 2009

Family program with
L. Mahadevan

2 p.m.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Free with museum admission
617-495-3045

How can it be that a tiny ant can lift many times its own weight, while a beached whale cannot even support its own weight? Why are large mammals so rare while bacteria are so abundant? Why do some organisms live for hours, while others live for over a century? Using size as a beacon, L. Mahadevan, Harvard Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and 2009 MacArthur grantee, will describe how the intersecting worlds of mathematics, physics, and engineering allow us to understand life's variations.

 

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