Celebration of Mind at MSRI: Math, Magic, Puzzles, Games

21oct1:00 pm5:00 pmCelebration of Mind at MSRI: Math, Magic, Puzzles, Games

Event Details

Come celebrate math withpuzzles, games, magic, stories,and more!Kids ages 8 and up,andgrown-ups who are kids at heart, will enjoy this afternoon filled withhands-on math activities and presentations. The event honors the life and work ofMartin Gardner,former Scientific American columnist who inspired a generation of mathematicians and recreational math enthusiasts. In the spirit of Martin Gardner’s love ofAlice in Wonderlandand with Halloween around the corner, come “down the rabbit hole” and explore with us! This event isfree and opento the public!Questions? Contact Jennifer Murawski at [email protected].
Advance registration is requested, but not required.Click here to sign up online.
2018 Event Schedule – Sneak Preview
All events take place inside MSRI’s building at 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley (above Lawrence Hall of Science).More events may be added, and a final schedule will be emailed the week of the event to all registrants!
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES (1st and 2nd floors)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Hands-On Math Activities and Displays
California Mathematics Festival: Join us for a hands-on problem-solving fair, California Mathematics Festival style! Everybody in your family from grandma to little brother can experience a dozen exciting math activities. You don’t have to watch; you’ll find problems you can do! Come have fun doing math with your whole family.
Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation:Try to trap your opponent inthe Game of Amazons; learn the trick of winning at perennial favorite Dots and Boxes; and get caught in a loop with Moebius Paper Crafts
Glen Whitney:Join National Museum of Mathematics co-founder and mathematical artist Glen Whitney for a giant group sculpture build of adual helix that with your help will grow to be three stories tall!
Dr. Carlo Sequin(UC Berkeley):”Soap Films Suspended on Knots” Models ; DemonstrationsFollowing Dr. Sequin’s stage talk of the same title (see below), he will share a display ofvarious interlinked loops and knots in the form of plastic models made on inexpensive 3D-printers,with the challenge to identify the knots that were used to form these surfaces.
Dr. Henry Segerman(Oklahoma State University): Mathematical 3-D Printed Objects to ExploreFollowing Dr. Segerman’s stage talk on hyperbolic honeycombs, you can join him to explore his mathematical 3D-printed objects. Dr. Segerman has been regularly featured on Numberphile and his mathematical objects are fun for all ages!
MSRI:MSRI staff will host hands-on math activities for ages 8 to adult around Chern Hall, including aZometool bubble station, mathematical coloring corner,and more!
Mathical Reading Nook:Curl up with a good book in the Hearst Library and explore 50+ titles that have won theMathical Book Prizefor ages 2-18!
These short presentations will knock your socks off!(The final presentation schedule will be announced in early October.) VISUALIZING HYPERBOLIC HONEYCOMBS(Interactive Presentation) Dr. Henry Segerman(Oklahoma State University) We can describe any of the five platonic solids with only two numbers: the number, p, of sides on each face, and the number, q, of those faces that meet at each vertex. The pair {p,q} is called the Schl√§fli symbol for the polyhedron. By changing p and q, we can also describe regular tilings of the euclidean and hyperbolic planes, and by extending to three numbers, {p,q,r}, we can describe regular tilings of three-dimensional spaces. I’ll talk about a project Roice Nelson and I worked on, trying to draw some sort of picture of every length-three Schl√§fli symbol, from {3,3,3} to {‚àû,‚àû,‚àû}. WELCOME TO NUMBERPHILE Brady Haran (Journalist and Filmmaker) Meet Brady Haran of YouTube’sNumberphilechannel! SOAP FILMS SUSPENDED ON KNOTS(Interactive Presentation) Dr. Carlo Sequin(UC Berkeley) Suppose you dip a wire model of a mathematical knot, such as a trefoil of a Figure-8 knot, into a soap solution what kind of surface would the soap film form?Results will be shown for various interlinked loops and knots in the form of plastic models made on inexpensive 3D-printers.The talk will be followed by a display of many such models, with the challenge to identify the knots that were used to form these surfaces. MATH ; MAGIC(Interactive Presentation) Mark Mitton Mark Mittonis a professional magician who is fascinated by using magic to better understand how we see the world. In addition to performing at private and corporate events all over the world, and creating magic for film, television, the Broadway stage, and Cirque du Soleil, Mitton tirelessly explores the theme of Misdirection’ from an interdisciplinary standpoint. He regularly presents on Perception’ at universities and conferences in North America and Europe, including the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, and has lectured with the late Nobel laureate Dr. Gerald Edelman of The Neurosciences Institute.Mitton has performed at festivals in Europe and Asia; at the Olympic Games; in war-torn Liberia; in hospital wards around New York City; and in a Mexican orphanage. His magical hands are featured in aThey Might Be Giants video.
Parking ; Transportation
To reach MSRI by public transit, take the AC Transit65 Euclid/Lawrence Hall of Science bus routeto the Lawrence Hall of Science, and use the parking lot stairs to reach MSRI. (You may also be able to exit at Grizzly Peak Blvd. and Centennial Drive and walk via Gauss Way.) To reach MSRI by ride share service, use the address 17 Gauss Way, Berkeley, CA 94720. MAP KEY Balloons= MSRI Parking Lot entrance and MSRI building For a map of available parking, click here. Free parkingis availablein the “MSRI Only Parking”lot level above the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lots(enter from Centenntial Drive). Take anMSRI event permitfrom the box at the base of the stairs to display on your dashboard. A very limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available at the entrance to MSRI for those with Disabled Person Parking placards. Limited parkingin the Space Science Laboratory lots is by UC permit only, enforced 24/7. MSRI has a limited number of day-use permits for these spots, available first-come, first-served basis in our lobby.**Please note that ongoing construction around the SSL Annex has somewhat limited parking in this area. Free parking may also be available on Grizzly Peak Blvd. Overflow fee-basedparking is available in the Lawrence Hall of Science “East Lot” and “Terrace” parking lots.
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