Saturday November 8: Graph Theory and Pool Party

Advanced Series

Title: Graph Theory

Speaker: Leila Clark

Time & Date: 2 pm – 3 pm, Saturday November 8

Location: Princeton Public Library, Story Room (third floor)

Abstract:
We’ll study the fundamentals of graph theory, which is a subset of math that focuses on mathematical structures called ‘graphs’. We’ll look at two simple-to-understand but difficult-to-solve problems involving friends, parties, towns and bridges, and in doing so explore how graphs can be helpful in understanding the world around us.

Chili peppers difficulty: 1.5 out of 4

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Recreational Series

Title: Pool Party

Leader: Justin Lanier

Time & Date: 3:14 pm – 4 pm, Saturday November 8

Location: Princeton Public Library, Story Room (third floor)

Description: Mathematicians have invented many puzzles and problems inspired by the game of pool. Can you hit a shot that will come back to where it started? Can you predict which pocket a ball will go into? Many such problems remain unsolved, and math’s most prestigious prize—the Fields Medal—was just awarded to two mathematicians who study them. Come, learn their stories, and try some pool puzzles yourself!

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