Claremont, Calif. (July 16, 2009) — Pitzer College received a three-year $132,000 National Science Foundation grant to support mathematics Professor David Bachman’s latest research project, “Topologically Minimal Surfaces in 3-Manifolds.”
Bachman’s project will investigate and understand the possible shapes of the universe by deforming an elastic surface, and observing where different parts of the surface get hung up on the bumps of space. This research may inform physicists what to look for when determining the shape of the universe in which we live.
“Receiving this National Science Foundation grant is an excellent example of the caliber of talent amongst our faculty and the cutting-edge research they are conducting,” said President Skandera Trombley.
About National Science Foundation
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