Gifted Math Program
MoMath is pleased to announce that its program for gifted math students, held in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory, will again be running this year. The program takes place one Saturday morning each month from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and is only open to students who have successfully completed the Institute of Creative Problem Solving.
• September 8 — Dr. James Tanton “Exploding Dots”
Here is a story that isn’t true: When James Tanton was a young child, he invented a machine (not true) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. These dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine, in this non-true story, he realized he could explain true things! In one spectacular fell swoop he explained all the arithmetic he learned in grade school (true), all the polynomial algebra he was to learn in high school (true), elements of calculus and number theory he was to learn in high school and university (true), and he began to explore unanswered research questions intriguing mathematicians to this day (also true).
•October 13 — Chaim Goodman-Strauss “Up to One Million Dollars In Prize Money May Be Given Away!!”
Game theory isn’t just for playing around! What’s the right way to behave if you know that they know that you know that they know that you know that… What’s the right strategy? How do rational actors behave when maximizing their own benefit? Game theory explains our everyday behavior, and more: Why are most people nice to each other, most of the time, when it seems we could get an edge up by being cheats and sneaks — and sometimes we just are? On a bigger scale, why is climate change so hard to deal with, and why do we clump ourselves together into factions? Amazingly simple insights from game theory show us the way, tilting rational payoffs towards a better future.
• November 17
• December 15
• January 12
• February 9
• March 9
• April 13
• May 11
Classes are at the Brookhaven National Laboratory campus, in the South Room of the Brookhaven Center.