Museum of Math events

Math Encounters: “’Rithmetic Revisited” with Carl Pomerance
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
How could there be something we don’t know about arithmetic — didn’t we learn it all in third grade? But here’s a problem we don’t know the solution to: What is the fastest way to multiply? And another: How many different numbers appear in a large multiplication table? Dartmouth mathematician Carl Pomerance reveals the hidden mysteries of multiplication and addition in this surprising reexamination of grade-school math. Refreshments follow the afternoon presentation of Math Encounters; arrive by 6:30 pm for refreshments preceding the evening presentation.
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Mastering Dots and Boxes
Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 pm
The familiar pencil-and-paper game “Dots and Boxes” hides astounding strategic complexity when played on grids larger than a handful of boxes. Join Elwyn Berlekamp, a recognized world authority on strategic play, as he reveals the surprising depth in this seemingly simple children’s game. Berlekamp will show us subtle tactics, connections with other games, and the state of the art in the study of Dots and Boxes. Plus, you are likely to learn how you and your family can beat the neighbors in this perennially-loved pastime. Learn more and register at: