"The Lonely Runner: an unsolved mystery of mathematics"
featuring Matthias Beck
Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00 pm ET (New York)
The Lonely Runner Conjecture is an (in)famous open problem in combinatorial number theory: if n runners with different (constant) speeds move around a circular track of length 1, then for each runner there will be a time when they have distance at least 1/n to the others. How did this problem come about, how is it related to the approximation of real numbers by rationals, and how can we visualize this problem using two- or three-dimensional shapes? Join mathematician Matthias Beck as we explore this fascinating mathematical mystery.
Special introduction by Nathan Kaplan, Associate Professor of Mathematics at University of California, Irvine.
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