Plank problems - the discrete geometric side

School of Mathematics Colloquium
Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 11:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 269
University of Calgary
In the 1930's, Tarski introduced his plank problem at a time when the field Discrete Geometry was about to born. It is quite remarkable that Tarski's question and its variants continue to generate interest in the geometric and analytic aspects of coverings by planks in the present time as well. The talk is of a survey type with some new results and with a list of open problems on the discrete geometric side of the plank problem.