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Arielle Saiber, The Rainbow Fire-Breathing Topology and Combinatorics of Dante’s Trinity

Date:

03/20/2015


Arielle Saiber, The Rainbow Fire-Breathing Topology and Combinatorics of Dante’s Trinity

2015 will mark the 750th anniversary of the birth of Dante Alighieri in 1265, and the 31st year since the first Lectura Dantis Newberrania.

This lecture examines Dante’s description of the shape, motion, size, color, and configuration of the three giri (“rounds”) of the Trinity in Paradiso 33.115-120, in order to envision what the Pilgrim “saw” when looking at this great Mystery. Professor Saiber will consider possible theological, aesthetic, geometric, and nature-based configurations of three “rings” that may have inspired the Poet. In the second part of her talk, she will present the work that mathematician Aba Mbirika and she have done using topology—specifically, knot theory—and combinatorics to analyze one particularly suggestive arrangement for the giri: three intertwined circles in a triangular format. Of this figure’s many permutations, they isolated two variations (a Brunnian link, also called the Borromean rings; and a (3,3)-torus link) that strongly resonated with many of the qualities of Dante’s allusively depicted Trinity.Register online here

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Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Entrance : Free


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