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Math Encounters: "Come Sail Away: Math for the Cruise Director" with Penny Haxell (7:00 pm)

A cruise director is responsible for arranging all social events on a ship.  How can the passengers be split into harmonious groups for dinner seatings and excursions?  What’s a good way to assign partners for an evening of tango lessons?  Come help the cruise director use graph theory to make arrangements such as these — you might even become part of a human computer!  Special introduction by Peter Winkler, MoMath's Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics.

March 2020 Math Encounters poster

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Light refreshments will be served after the 4:00 pm session and at 6:30 pm in advance of the second session.

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

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March 4th, 2020 from  7:00 pm to  8:30 pm
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E. 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212-542-0566