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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of Bridges Baltimore 2015 : Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
|Event||Bridges Baltimore 2015 - The University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland, United States|
Duration: 29 Jul 2015 → 1 Aug 2015
|Conference||Bridges Baltimore 2015|
|Location||The University of Baltimore|
|Period||29/07/2015 → 01/08/2015|