Information Theory + Board Games & Origami on Oct 26

Advanced Series

Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

Speaker: Evangelie Zachos

Title: Information Theory

Abstract: What is information? How can we measure it? What do these quantitative values tell us about computer encodings and about how the human brain processes languages? We’ll talk about efficient codes and about error-correcting codes.

Difficulty: 1.5 chili peppers (out of 4)

Notes from the talk: Click here

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/10/mercer-county-math-circle-advanced-1

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Board Games & Origami

Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

3.14pm-4pm: This is a fun opportunity to meet fellow students, speakers, volunteers and everyone else involved in the math circle. There will be lots of great games, and we’ll be building a large origami structure!

RSVP: None required.


Martin Gardner events on Friday Oct 25

The Princeton University Press and the math department are hosting some Martin Gardner events this Friday! They’re free and open to the public.

(If you were at the previous recreational session, you would remember that Harini mentioned Martin Gardner in her presentation.)

4:30 Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, build a math sculpture with George Hart

6:30 Public Lecture, Friend Center, 101
Toy Models
Lecture by Tadashi Tokieda, University of Cambridge and Harvard University

Link: http://www.math.princeton.edu/news/home-page/public-lecture-celebration-mind-martin-gardner-and-undiluted-hocus-pocus-102513

Both of these evens sound really exciting to me! To get an idea of some of the things George Hart makes, check out some pictures on his website:

http://www.georgehart.com/MathCamp-2008/index.html

(I’m actually in some of those pictures!)

Alan

P.S. We’ll be announcing this Saturday’s advanced session on information theory soon! Also, there will be an extra recreational event this Saturday at 3pm: board games! Stay tuned!


First (MC)² Session on Oct 12

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I’m excited to announce the inaugural Mercer County Math Circle event this Saturday!

IMPORTANT: A note on RSVP: For the library to keep track of attendance, you must RSVP for each individual event on the public library’s website. The links are given below.

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Advanced Series

Time: 2pm-3pm
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

Speaker: Alan Chang

Title: Introduction to Combinatorial Game Theory

Abstract: Combinatorial games are games which have no chance. In this talk, we’ll investigate the simplest kinds of combinatorial games and search for the strategy that will allow you to beat everyone else!

Difficulty: 1 chili pepper (out of 4)

Notes from the talk: Click here

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/10/mercer-county-math-circle-advanced

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Recreational Series

Time: 3pm-4pm (or as long as you want)
Location: Princeton Public Library, teen room (3rd floor)

There will be two activities going on at the same time.

  1. Let’s all work together and build a giant origami structure!
  2. Come learn about Martin Gardner and flexagons. Then let’s construct three flexagons: a trihexaflexagon, a hexahexaflexagon, and a tetratetraflexagon.

RSVP: http://www.princetonlibrary.org/events/2013/10/mercer-county-math-circle-recreational

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We’ve been working hard on the Math Circle, and we are so excited to begin the Mercer County Math Circle this Saturday! We hope you are too!