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The 13th Gathering 4 Gardner Conference (2018)
For Immediate Release

G4G13—the 13th Biennial Gathering 4 Gardner Conference Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Gardner—to Host Public Events in Atlanta and Decatur for First Time, Including: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Constructions, Magic Performances, M.C. Escher Exhibit Sneak Peak, and Three Free Public Lectures.



Four Major Free Public Events Open to All:


Erno Rubik1. At 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, Georgia Tech: a very rare public appearance by the Hungarian inventor of Rubik’s Cube, “In Conversation With Ernő Rubik” (Clough Auditorium 152).

CLICK HERE for GA Tech’s Webpage about the event.


2. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Construction, Puzzle Solving, Magic Performances, and “M.C. Escher +” Art Exhibit Sneak Peek (in Decatur’s Depot District)


Doris Schattschneider Photo3. At 8 p.m., Friday, April 13, Decatur: lecture by Moravian College Professor Doris Schattschneideron “Math and M.C. Escher’s Art” (at Decatur Presbyterian Church)

CLICK HERE to read interview with Doris.


Manjul Bhargava4. At 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, downtown Atlanta: lecture and musical performance by Princeton University Professor and Fields Medalist Manjul Bhargava (Fulton County Central Library)

CLICK HERE to read interview with Manjul.




For the first time in the event’s quarter-century history, G4G13—the 13th biennial bash hosted by the Gathering 4 Gardner (G4G) Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving the legacy of prolific writer and polymath Martin Gardner—will include events open to the public, in downtown Decatur and around Atlanta, from April 11-15.

A street fair (Fri, April 13, 4pm to 6pm) and one lecture (Fri, April 13, 8 p.m.) will take place in downtown Decatur, with two additional lectures taking place at Georgia Tech (Wed, April 11, at 7 p.m.) and in downtown Atlanta (Sun, April 15, at 2:30 p.m.). Public event details are as follows:


*Decatur Street Fair, Math Walk, Sculpture Construction, Puzzle Solving, Magic Performances, and “M.C. Escher +” Art Exhibit Sneak Peek. Taking place from 4-6 p.m. in downtown Decatur’s Depot District—on East Howard Ave. from Sycamore Place to Hillyer Place—visitors can enjoy activities such as mathematical sculpture building or observing, puzzle solving, and a math walk, as well as street magicians and jugglers. They’ll also get a sneak peek of the M.C. Escher +” exhibition at DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY. (The show opens to the public with an artists’ reception on Saturday, April 14, from 5-9 p.m., and continues through June 9.)

*Professor Doris Schattschneider of Moravian College presents “Math and M.C. Escher’s Art” at 8 p.m. at Decatur Presbyterian Church (205 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 30030), a short walk from the street fair, followed by a book signing. Attendees of this free lecture will learn how Martin Gardner’s April 1961 “Mathematical Games” column in Scientific American (on a new geometry book by H.S.M. Coxeter) introduced readers to Escher’s symmetry drawings and how the cover of that issue of Scientific American caused Escher to write a correction to the editor. Doors open at 7:30.



-Wed., April 11: Professor Ernő Rubik, famed Rubik’s Cube inventor, makes a very rare public speaking appearance, with “In Conversation With Ernő Rubik,” 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Georgia Tech’s Clough Auditorium (266 Fourth St. NW, Atlanta, 30332).  Professor Rubik will discuss a wide range of topics including design and architecture, the role of curiosity in the human condition, and his perspective on more than four decades of the Rubik’s Cube.

*Sun, April 15: Professor Manjul Bhargava of Princeton University will present (and perform!) “Poetry, Drumming, and Mathematics” at 2:30 p.m. at Fulton County Central Library in downtown Atlanta (One Margaret Mitchell Square, 30303). Professor Bhargava is a winner of the Fields Medal (which, along with the Abel Prize, is the highest honor a mathematician can receive), as well as an accomplished tabla player.

Colm Mulcahy, VP of Gathering 4 Gardner and Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College, said, “Residents of Atlanta and Decatur will be extraordinarily lucky this April to have opportunities to witness three of the world’s leaders in the interface of mathematics with puzzles, art, and music present at free public events. First, Rubik’s Cube, the most successful toy ever, and one with considerable mathematical ramifications, needs no introduction. To have its creator, Hungarian architect Professor Ernő Rubik, speak is such an honor. Second, the art of M.C. Escher is renowned for its beautiful relationship to non-Euclidean geometry, and we’re thrilled to have the world’s expert on that connection, Professor Doris Schattschneider, present her lecture, not to mention having an exhibition of Escher and other prints opening that weekend at DIFFERENT TRAINS GALLERY nearby. Third, Fields Medalist Professor Manjul Bhargava brings a unique perspective to the triple intersection of poetry, music, and math. His talk will highlight the connections between Sanskrit poetry, tabla playing, and mathematics. These three free public events will showcase the very best of STEAM and we know the general public will find them stimulating and rewarding.”


For more information about the G4G Foundation, visit www.gathering4gardner.org, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

To view and download photos from past events, click on this Dropbox link.

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the G4G Foundation, please CLICK HERE.

Interviews available upon request.