"The Idea of Holonomy"

Unless you’ve studied differential geometry, you have probably never heard of holonomy; a quick search online turns up dense paragraphs about “smooth manifolds” and “parallel transport.” Yet at a recent MAA Distinguished Lecture , Robert Bryant, director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, was able to explain this seemingly obscure concept with the help of a basketball.

 

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Taken on October 18, 2010