Saturday Feb. 22, 2014: Fractals, Dynamics, Chaos and Chess!

Hi (MC)^2!

We have some extremely exciting events on Saturday: first, Jane Wang (Priceton U. senior) will be giving a talk for the Advanced Series on Fractals, Dynamics and Chaos. This is an incredible area of mathematics (see if you don’t believe me!)

The intermediate session will be led by Justin Lanier, who will talk about Math Inspired by Chess.


See you on Saturday,


Title: Fractals, Dynamics, and Chaos

Lecture Notes: Ms. Jane Wang’s Notes on Fractals

Speaker: Jane Wang

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm, Saturday Feb. 22

Abstract: Fractals arise in many different settings such as in math as well as in nature. We will look at various constructions of fractals and think about what the dimension of a fractal is (these dimensions can be fractional!). We will also connect fractals with dynamics and mathematical notions of chaos.

Chili Peppers: 2 out of 4


Title: Math Inspired By Chess

Leader: Justin Lanier

Time & Date: 3:14pm-4pm, Saturday Feb. 22

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

Abstract: Chess is a wonderful strategy game with a long history. Did you know that there’s a lot of cool math you can do that just requires knowing the basics? From king mazes to queen puzzles, knight tours to rook packings, there’s so much math to try out. Stretch your spatial sensibilities and test your counting strategies. No previous knowledge of chess required. Come join the fun!


Meeting on Saturday Feb. 8

Hi All,

Both the recreational and advanced sessions meet this Saturday.  As usual, see below for the information.

All the best,


Advanced Series

Time & Date: 2pm-3pm, Saturday Feb. 8

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

Speaker: Adam Millar

Title: Introduction to Mathematical Logic

Abstract: Our goal today is to examine the logical system known as Classical Propositional Logic (CPL), and the Natural Deduction (ND) method of constructing proofs. We will review the formal syntax of CPL and the inference rules of ND. We will also examine the formal semantics of CPL; the method of truth tables. Finally we will mention Predicate Logic, an extension of Propositional Logic, and allude to a few metatheorems of CPL.

Difficulty: 3.5 chili peppers (out of 4)  [but don’t let this scare you:)]

Notes from the talk: Click here

No need to RSVP!

Recreational Series

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

Time & Date: 3:14pm-4:14pm, Saturday Feb. 8

Description: We’re leaving things open this week. There will be board games for those who want to play, and some interesting math problems to work on as well.

No need to RSVP!