Recording of Desert Island Math:
Shortest Distance

This is a recording of an online event that took place on Monday, April 18, 2022.

Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Imagine you are stranded on a desert island with just pencil and paper — and one mathematical concept to explore.  Your goal?  To discover as much as you can about that topic.  Join mathematician Paul Zeitz in an adventure combining mindfulness and play as we take a single, simple mathematical idea and look at it from as many perspectives as possible.  Even alone on an island (or during a pandemic), you will never be bored as long as you have math and your imagination!

We all know that "the shortest distance between two points is a straight line," but that’s only true if the points lie on a two-dimensional plane and there are no other constraints.  What if they don't lie on a plane?  Or what if there are obstructions?  Delve deeply into a few such situations and learn a bit about optimization and non-Euclidean geometries in the process.

This series is recommended for adults and children ages ten and up.  While geared toward beginners, these sessions will also contain food for thought for experts.

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