The 14th Biennial Gathering 4 Gardner Conference (2020)

From Wednesday, March 25th through Sunday, March 29th, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia, G4G participants will assemble, in Martin Gardner’s name, to celebrate recreational mathematics, magic, puzzles, skepticism, science, art, literature, and the intersections of these subjects. Participants will offer presentations, performances, original papers, and exhibits. Countless exchanges of ideas and examples of magic will inspire and delight. Unlike many other conferences, G4G is participatory in nature; all attendees are encouraged to contribute, whether that be a 5-minute presentation, an original paper, a unique exhibit, or a novelty item for the gift exchange.

G4G14 Information (click for details)

Conference Registration

Registration for G4G14 is now OPEN!

Invitation emails were sent to past attendees. If you have attended a past Gathering and did not receive an invitation, please check your Spam folder and email support@g4gfoundation.org if you did not receive the invite.

For information about nominating yourself or others for attendance CLICK HERE.

Featured Presenters

G4G is pleased to announce three Featured Presenters for the 2020 Gathering conference. Each presenter will give two talks: one private talk as part of the regular programing of the conference for G4G attendees exclusively and one free talk open to the general public (no tickets needed). Information about the time and location of the three public talks will be added to this web page as it becomes available.

Paula Apsel

Paula Apsel

Senior Executive Producer Emerita NOVA

Public Presentation:  “The Art of Science Communication”

G4G Program Talk:  “Communicating Science”

Paula S. Apsell got her start in broadcasting at WGBH Boston, found her way to WGBH Radio, and later became a radio news producer. In 1975, she joined WGBH’s NOVA, a science documentary series that has set the standard for science programming on television, producing documentaries on subjects as varied as artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and aviation safety. In 1985, she became Senior Executive Producer at NOVA, where her roles included serving as Director of the WGBH Science Unit for 33 years. Apsell is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Mark Burstein

Mark Burstein

Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA) 

Public Presentation:  “What IS It about Alice?”  

Why is Alice in Wonderland, along with the other Alice books, so prevalent in our culture and around the world? Why is Alice the most quoted and widely illustrated novel in English, as well as one of the most translated. This richly illustrated talk also makes diversions into the life and times of Lewis Carroll, and the story of one of his modern devotees.

G4G Program Talk: “A Literary Englishman and the Scientific American: Lewis Carroll’s Appearances in ‘Mathematical Games”

Mark Burstein is a lifelong Carrollian, a dire condition he inherited from his father, along with their world-class collection. A book editor by profession, over the years he had created, edited, or contributed to twenty-one books by or about Lewis Carroll, including updating, editing, and art directing Gardner’s The Annotated Alice for the “150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition” (W. W. Norton, 2015), and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí (Princeton, 2015). He has served the Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA) as its president, publications chair, and longtime editor of its magazine, Knight Letter. He also created and edited A Bouquet for the Gardner: Martin Gardner Remembered (LCSNA, 2011), among whose contributors are Douglas Hofstadter, David Singmaster, Raymond Smullyan, and many others.

Moon Duchin

Tufts University, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Public Presentation:  “Political Geometry:  The Mathematics of Redistricting”

G4G Program Talk: “Data-Driven Approaches to Identify a Gerrymander”

Moon Duchin is an associate professor of mathematics at Tufts University and a historian of science.  She founded the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group to use geometry and computation to study gerrymandering, believing it to be a fundamental threat to democracy.  She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and in 2018 was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

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G4G14 What, When, Where

  • WHAT: The 14th Gathering 4 Gardner Conference
  • WHEN:  Wednesday, March 25th through Sunday, March 29th, 2020
  • WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Who usually attends? Our participants include professional and amateur mathematicians, magicians and performers, artists, educators, scientists, and anyone who is inspired by the same interdisciplinary curiosity that excited our namesake, Martin Gardner. Due to high demand at the previous event, the cap for G4G14 has been raised to 400 attendees.
  • How much does the conference cost? Early registration is $380 with add-ons available for dinners, performances, and the traditional offsite social and sculpture-building event. The registration fee covers four days of presentations in the Ritz-Carlton’s grand ballroom but does not cover food or lodging.
  • What was the previous event like? View some of the papers and presentations from past events:
  • How can I attend? G4G14 is an invitation-only conference; however, you can nominate yourself or others for attendance. If you are interested, please fill out the nomination form and be sure to mention the nominee’s background, passion for Martin Gardner’s legacy, and/or desire to engage with the community. We will be reviewing nominations periodically and will let you know if your nomination is accepted.
  • When does registration open? Registration for G4G14 is now OPEN!
  • Other questions? For all other questions about G4G14, please contact support@g4gfoundation.org or visit the complete G4G14 Frequently Asked Questions webpage below:

Four Days of Presentations

G4G offers opportunities for participants to share their passions and discoveries. The core of the conference consists of 4 days of brief presentations (generally 5 to 6 minutes). Check back on this web page for announcements of featured G4G14 presenters. Featured Presenters at the previous Gathering (G4G13) were Ernő Rubik, Doris Schattschneider, and Manjul Bhargava. G4G14 Featured Presenters to be determined.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no presentations on the afternoon of Saturday, March 28th. The offsite Special Event will be taking place at that time. All G4G14 attendees may participate in the offsite event with a purchased ticket. 

Offsite Activities

Due to the success of the offsite event at the previous Gathering (G4G13), we have decided to again hold the event in Decatur, Georgia.

Sarah Garvin Rodgers invites the G4G community to her home and art gallery, Different Trains, in the artistic Old Depot District of Decatur. On Saturday the 28th, we’re pitching tents in the street, serving lunch, building mathematical sculptures organized by George Hart, and creating opportunities for participants to socialize and explore this vibrant community. As the sun sets, attendees will enjoy a Happy Hour reception inside Color Wheel Art Studio.

PLEASE NOTE: The offsite for G4G14 will be held on SATURDAY March 28th, 2020.

Description of Activities

A Mathematical Walk Around Downtown Decatur

Join Ron Lancaster for a walk in downtown Decatur to experience viewing the world through a mathematical lens while getting some exercise. This offsite event will be an opportunity to work with others to answer questions and solve puzzles related to daily life, design, art, architecture, science and recreational mathematics.

Ron is an Associate Professor (Teaching Stream) at the University of Toronto where he teaches mathematics courses for pre-service middle and high school teachers. He has over 20 years of experience teaching grades 7 through 12 mathematics. Ron’s professional activities include consultations and conference presentations in North America, Asia, England, the Middle East, Africa, India and Europe. Ron is an author for the NCTM (The Mathematical Lens) and member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Mathematics in New York City. He is the recipient of the 2015 Margaret Sinclair Memorial Award Recognizing Innovation and Excellence in Mathematics Education awarded by the Fields Institute.

More activities to be announced.

Evening Entertainment

Thursday and Friday evenings at the conference are times to further connect. A buffet dinner will be served followed by entertainment featuring eclectic performances. Past shows have included close-up and stage magic and variety-style acts from juggling to feats of strength and mental math. This is also a wonderful opportunity to meet the other attendees.

Gift Exchange

Traditionally, every Gathering conference includes a Gift Exchange in which attendees swap puzzles, magic tricks, artwork, papers, novelty items, books, etc. Participants in the exchange must submit an item for the physical Exchange Bag or a document for the Exchange Book. If you’re looking for inspiration, think of the exchange as something you would be excited to share with Martin Gardner himself. We recommend something original or unique, something made by hand, or something other attendees would enjoy or value. Everyone who participates in the Exchange will receive:

  • G4G14 Exchange Bag
  • G4G14 Exchange Book

Sales Room & Exhibit Room

At G4G14, attendees will have the option of setting up a table in the Sales Room and/or the Exhibit Room.

Sales Room: If you are a vendor and wish to sell items to other G4G attendees (examples: books, sculptures, puzzles, mathy toys, etc.) consider reserving a Sales Table. Only attendees registered for a Sales Table will be permitted to sell their inventory at the conference.

Exhibit Room: If you have something special to share with the G4G community that is either too large or complex to be reproduced for the gift exchange, consider reserving an Exhibit Table. Past exhibit examples include: surprising 3D-printed objects, unusual musical instruments, kinetic sculptures, historical collections, and special edition books, toys, and games. 

For both the Sales and Exhibit Room, space is limited and tables are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sales and Exhibit Room participants are required to staff their table during Happy Hour on Thursday evening (from the end of the final talk of the day until the start of dinner).

Nominate Attendees

You are welcome to nominate new attendees (including yourself) for invitation to G4G14. Please let us know how your nominee will enrich the G4G community. Fill out the form once for each person being nominated.