Einstein said that, "reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one." If reality is an illusion, then . . . it isn't real, and if reality lurks within illusion, then how do we look for it?  Just as Alice travels down the rabbit-hole into Wonderland-a land of logical nonsense and deliberate contradictions-our colloquium will make a journey to examine the multiple dimensionality of life. Hidden below the surface of things, we'll discover  ambiguity and double meanings everywhere. We'll have to pause and question our own preconceived ideas about reality, what we know, and how we know it, or whether we know anything at all. We may truly be confused at times, but as we persist we'll find ourselves arriving at another dimension, one where new ways of seeing and understanding are possible.  While Alice attends mad tea parties and quirky croquet games, we'll pause to marvel at the garden before us: perfectly ordered patterns and shapes, mirrors and symmetry. We'll play in the garden for a while and then we'll meander to Flatland, a world bound to only two dimensions, and to Arcadia, where space and time travel are possible. Here, we'll stumble upon some intricate and eerily beautiful patterns named fractals and the self-symmetry they display. Oh, we'll also run into some chaos, but don't  worry; we'll make it back okay-a bit wiser, perhaps, and with a different understanding of the beauty that surrounds us.


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