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According to legend, Dido was given a bull's hide and told that she could have as much land as it could contain. She cut it into a long, thin strip, and enclosed a huge area, within which she founded Carthage. What shape did she lay out to enclose the greatest area? And what if she'd done it by the seaside? Such questions have led to a new understanding of soap bubbles, shoelaces, and cable television.

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This event was on Tue, 10 Mar 1998

Professor Ian Stewart

Professor Ian Stewart FRS

Professor of Geometry

Ian Stewart read Mathematics at Churchill College, Cambridge before completing his doctorate at the University of Warwick where he is now a Professor of Maths...

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