A six-session minicourse
Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm

September 17
September 24
October 1
October 15
October 29
November 5

When someone poses a puzzle, is your first instinct to run?  Many very intelligent people think they’re bad at puzzle-solving — and always will be.  And most of them are wrong.  Like many things in life, puzzle-solving is an acquired skill; a bit of experience and a few tips can go a long way!  Of course, there’s no set way to solve puzzles; if there were, they would be textbook exercises, not uniquely tricky conundrums.  Join Peter Winkler, MoMath’s 2019-2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics, as he helps us discover that each puzzle has its own logic.  A world of fun and satisfaction awaits once you find your way in!

Recommended for those who like math but don’t necessarily consider themselves good at solving puzzles; high school students are encouraged.  No calculus or college-level math required; basic graph theory, logic, and probability will be introduced as needed to solve puzzles.

A light dinner is included in the fee for this course.