Warped Worlds: A Virtual Tour


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Event Description

Black holes are so massive that they curve space—but what does that actually look like?

See into the beautiful and unusual realm of warped space at “Warped Worlds: A Virtual Tour” in the Hill Library Fishbowl Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Assistant Professor, School of Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology Dr. Sabetta Matsumoto will take us on an equation-free tour—enabled by the latest in virtual reality technology—of nanoengineered spaces right out of an M.C. Escher drawing.

While the ability of massive, space-warping phenomena like black holes has fueled the imagination of many, materials science warps space on the very small scale through the science of nanostructures and nanoengineering. In fact, often these small spaces are very strongly curved, far from what mathematicians call “Euclidean”—for example, two parallel lines may no longer only meet at infinity. Until recently, these complex spaces defied most people’s imagination, but virtual reality technology can now help us immerse in them.

This event is free and open to the public, and is a collaboration with the Department of Physics. Dr. Matsumoto will also be giving a talk at the Department of Physics on Oct. 14. For questions about Dr. Matsumoto's visit, please contact Karen Daniels, Department of Physics, kdaniel@ncsu.edu.

After the event, participants will have the opportunity to explore examples in the Hill Library Virtual Reality Studio.

Contact Information

David Woodbury
(919) 513-7192

Admission Information

Free and open to the public.


If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Marian Fragola at marian_fragola@ncsu.edu or 919-513-3481 to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs​.

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