Games, Graphs, and geometric series

event Tuesday, September 26, 2023
access_time 5:00pm (CDT)
room PHSC 1105
info Join us for our first talk and meet our speaker Rachel Skipper. Pizza will be provided! Please note the change in abstract.

Abstract: In the 1550 edition of the book De Subtililate, by the Italian mathematician Girolamo Cardano, there is a problem about monks who have orders from God to move a set of gold disks. When the monks complete the task, the world will end. Cardano asks simply "Why?". The problem surprisingly has a mathematical answer. In this talk we will solve Cardono's problem and discover various ways of looking at it involving graphs, automata, and geometric series.

For more information on this event, please contact Tatiana Abdelnaim.