In conjunction with Math Day (see the previous post), Professor Francis Su of Harvey Mudd College is giving a Math Club talk on
Thursday, October 29th in PHSC 1105 at 5pm.
(notice the unusual day)
Dr. Su will be speaking on
“Mathematical Card Tricks”
In this talk, we’ll discuss the mathematics of card shuffling, and we’ll demonstrate a few card tricks that rely on mathematical ideas. You won’t need any sleight-of-hand! Playing cards will be provided. And, as always, Free Pizza!
Francis Edward Su is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research is in
geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored over a dozen papers with undergraduates. He also has a
passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), he received the 2001 Merten M. Hasse Prize
for expository writing, the 2004 Henry L. Alder Award for distinguished teaching, and was the 2006 James R.C. Leitzel Lecturer, and was recently
elected First Vice-President of MAA. He also serves on the Council of the American Mathematical Society and the editorial board of the American
Mathematical Monthly. In his spare time he enjoys working on his “Math Fun Facts” website, which receives nearly 4,000 hits each day.
This is guaranteed to be a fantastic talk! If you don’t go, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life.