Our main focus are mathematical and physical models of shape evolution with emphasis on geophysical and planetological applications, such as sand grains, pebbles, ventifacts, rock profiles, asteroids.
Our research group operates at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and it is supported on a 5 year (2017-2022), renewable special grant from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Our goal is to collect, develop and apply existing mathematical models and test the models versus existing and self-produced experimental and field data. Ultimately we would like to gain insight on geophysical history based on current size and shape measurements.
Science Magazine listed the paper “Plato’s cube and the natural geometry of fragmentation” in the top 10 science new stories of 2020 and it is also discussed in a podcast episode of Science: Breakthrough of the Year, top online news, and science book highlights (9:36 – 12:40).
At this year’s Institutional Scientific Students’ Associations Conference at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, 2 presentations were related to Morphodynamics: Ágoston Szesztay (1st Prize + Pro Progressio Special Prize), Klaudia Nagy (Csonka Pál Special Prize).
An outstanding article from Joshua Sokol Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology about the paper “Plato’s cube and the natural geometry of fragmentation” in Quanta Magazine.
Congratulations to Krisztina Regős, who won the audience favorite prize at Famelab 2020.
The paper titled Plato’s cube and the natural geometry of fragmentation (G. Domokos, D.J. Jerolmack, F. Kun, J. Török) was published in PNAS. The article is followed by increased media attention.
The paper titled Balancing polyhedra (G. Domokos, F. Kovács, Z. Lángi, K. Regős and P.T. Varga) was accepted for publication in Ars Mathematica Contemporanea.