Prof. Colm Mulcahy (from Spelman College’s Math Dept.) will present a talk, “The Mathematics, Magic & Mystery of Martin Gardner, The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had”.
Abstract: Martin Gardner, The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had, was best known for his 300 “Mathematical Games” columns in Scientific American, in which he introduced thousands of budding mathematicians to elegant problems and magical items which still lead to “Aha!” moments today. He sometimes asked simple questions that inspired serious research, and some of those questions remain unanswered today. In his centennial year we’ll survey what he achieved and the legacy he leaves behind.
The talk will run about 50 minutes, with additional time for questions and discussion,