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Leonardo, Rapunzel and the Mathematics of Big Hair

Synopsis
A talk by Professor Raymond E. Goldstein which discusses the maths behind the physical properties of hair. Can the macroscopic properties of hair - its texture, body, volume and other qualities such as ‘bounce’ - be explained in terms of the behaviour of individual hairs? This talks focuses on the important historical developments of elasticity theory due to Euler and Bernoulli and the determination of energy-minimizing shapes through the calculus of variations. [43 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2016
Subjects
Mathematics; Physics
Keywords
Bernoulli’s equation; calculus; hair; da Vinci, Leonardo (1452-1519); Euler, Leonhard; Hooke, Robert

Online availability

URI
http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/leonardo-rapunzel-and-the-mathematics-of-hair
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Contributor
Raymond E. Goldstein

Distributor

Name

Gresham College

Email
enquiries@gresham.ac.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7831 0575
Fax
020 7831 5208
Address
Barnard’s Inn Hall
Holborn
London EC1N 2HH

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