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STEM@Leeds Team

Educational Engagement
University of Leeds
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0113 343 7495

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2:30 pm The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Know... @ MALL 1, School of Mathematics
Oct 20 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart). This is a Yorkshire Branch of the Mathematical Association event (www.ybma.org.uk). Non-members are welcome, free of charge. 2pm for a 2:30pm start.



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Faculty of Biosciences

Discover the human abdomen and how it works.

Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences

Explore the use of medicines in treating cancer and take your           first steps towards becoming a science writer.

Understand what innovation means and consider the history           and developments of innovations that are important in our               daily lives.

What role does chemistry play in healthcare and our ability to           diagnose and treat patients?

With chemistry providing us an endless amount of                             possibilities, what would you choose to develop?

What can we learn about Earth, and other planets in and                   beyond our solar system, by studying their atmospheres?

Faculty of Environment

How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the                      management of natural resources are just and fair for all?

Differences in values can create conflict. How can we learn to            manage our natural resources with integrity?

How does language help us develop our relationship with                   nature and determine the rights of access and ownership?

Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple                         interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable                             dynamism?

War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the               environment. What is the impact on both people and the                   environment?

General Science Courses

What science discoveries will you choose to write about?

Can chemistry help to feed a growing population, or                           overcome increasing bacterial resistance?