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Math Encounters: "From Simplicity to Complexity: What Happens Next?" with Roger Antonsen (4:00 pm)

Simple assumptions often give rise to surprising and delightful consequences. Think about games and puzzles like chess and Rubik's cube, where enormous complexity arises from simple rules. The same is true of cellular automata, juggling, fractals, and more! Discover how creative computer programming can be used to explore mathematical structures as Roger Antonsen, computer scientist and award-winning math communicator, presents a visual and playful talk on the connections between simple assumptions and their complex consequences.

Special introduction by mathematician and artist, Bob Bosch.

This page is for the 4:00 pm session. Click here to register for the 7:00 pm session instead.

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

Bring a new friend to Math Encounters and you’ll be on your way to winning a free t-shirt!

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants ages 12 and up.

Please check our online shop for books by Math Encounters presenters.

March 9th, 2018 4:00 PM   through   5:30 PM
National Museum of Mathematics
11 E 26th St.
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: 212.542.0566