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The Rice Science Café is a meeting where for the price of a cup of coffee or tea, a glass of wine or beer, anyone can come explore and debate the latest ideas in science and technology.

A science café's casual meeting place, plain language, and inclusive conversation create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for people with no science background. A scientist gives a brief presentation Black Labon an interesting topic in their area of expertise to kick off the discussion. The Science Café meets at the:

Black Labrador Pub
4100 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Churchill Room - 1st floor

Located on Montrose Blvd. between Colquitt and W. Main (just north of Richmond Ave.)

Free parking is available in the garage behind the Black Lab.

Seating is first come first serve—the room has a limited capacity.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017   •   6:30 p.m.

Mike Wolf, Ph.D. 
Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, Rice University

Nature exhibits a tremendous variety of shapes, the selection of which we can attribute to a drive towards optimizing function.  We explore some of the mathematics behind this geometry of the natural world through a discussion and experimentation with soap films, in which a number of quite subtle principles may be observed.