Surfaces with Natural Ridges

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We discuss surfaces with singularities, both in mathematics and in the real world. For many types of mathematical surface, singularities are natural and can be regarded as part of the surface. The most emblematic example is that of surfaces of constant negative Gauss curvature, all of which necessarily have singularities. We describe a method for producing constant negative curvature surfaces with prescribed cusp lines. In particular, given a generic space curve, there is a unique surface of constant curvature K = -1 that contains this curve as a cuspidal edge. This is an effective means to easily generate many new and beautiful examples of surfaces with constant negative curvature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Bridges Baltimore 2015 : Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventBridges Baltimore 2015 - The University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Duration: 29 Jul 20151 Aug 2015


ConferenceBridges Baltimore 2015
LocationThe University of Baltimore
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, Maryland
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