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You + maths + geekage/time = fun: Maths Lectures 09

May 15, 2009

these guys rule.  that is the simple truth and no more needs be said.  Balance the equation of your life with some uber geeky math fun.  be there or be squared.

Pompeii & Museums

A Free Public Lecture Series at Melbourne Museum.
Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria in association with Museum Victoria.

One of the striking things about human development has been the role that ideas can play. Village life would have been impossible without fire and the wheel. Running water turned out to be pretty useful too. Metalworking as well. What comes first? The idea or the human need for that idea? Nowhere is this question more pertinent than with mathematics. And through history we can find cases where the idea quite clearly spurred development – the idea arose before or at the same time as the need became apparent. Equally, there are times where human need cried out for a mathematical solution, yet had to wait either because the solution was unknown, or, worse still, was ignored. Throughout, mathematics has made our world. What many of us need is someone to help us make sense of the mathematics that helps make sense of our world.

For over 100 years that very purpose has driven the Mathematical Association of Victoria – the valuing of mathematics in society. In a virtually unbroken line from Professor Edward J Nanson at the University of Melbourne in 1906 through to two present day university mathematics lecturers, Drs Burkard Polster and Marty Ross, the MAV has been proud to put mathematics centre stage at public lectures designed to challenge and enthrall.

Thanks to the wonderful support of Melbourne Museum and the generosity of Marty Ross and Burkard Polster the MAV is proud to present the 2009 Public Lecture Series. Open to all, these lectures will help stretch mathematical understanding in minds of all ages – energised and exploring families, teachers searching for fresh approaches in their own classrooms, budding mathematicians and mathematics aficionados.

Although entry is free, these events are very popular. An online booking will ensure a seat is held in your name when the theatre is full. Book online NOW.

How to become a human lightning calculator
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 21 June 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Throughout history there have been some extraordinary people, performing incredible feats of mental mathematics: multiplying six digit numbers; winning fifty simultaneous games of blindfold chess; instantly declaring the day of the week of historical events; and, much more. Come and learn some of the best-kept secrets of these calculating magicians, and learn what it takes to become one yourself. Presented by Burkard the Lightning On-His-Fingers Counter, one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com).
Rocky V, and other Roman contributions to mathematics
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 26 July 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
We all know of Pythagoras and Euclid, and the great mathematics of the ancient Greeks. But what of the Roman Empire? Yes, there are Roman numerals, very useful for numbering bad movies. But what else did the Romans contribute? Come on a tour of Roman mathematics, and see what lies beyond V and X and L. Your guide will be Martius Rossus, Mathematical Gladiator, and one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com)
Rome vs. Mathematics
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 23 August 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
The mighty Roman legions are approaching your city. One man stands in the way of total destruction: a mathematician. True story! Come and find out about the life and maths of the amazing Archimedes, who the Romans only defeated by cheating on the final exam. Presented by Burkardus the Conquerer, one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com).
Primetime Mathematics
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 13 September 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Prime numbers are mathematical diamonds. They are pure beauty, the simplest of numbers. But primes are also the most curious of mathematical creatures. Prime patterns have been studied for centuries, and are still engaging the greatest mathematicians, including Australia’s own brilliant Terry Tao. Join us on a trek into the jungle of prime mathematics. Learn what we know, and hope to know, of mathematics’ most mysterious family. Your guide will be Prime Hunter Marty, one of the Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com)

About the Lecturers:

Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne’s tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

These really are world class public lectures. And to make them work for such a diverse audience is a splendid achievement.
Dr Max Stephens, MAV Life Member.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University’s resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical bum. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD on minimal surfaces at Stanford University. After a stint at Rice University, he came back to Australia. Since then, he has wandered from Maths Department to Maths Department, aimless but happy.

Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Watch and listen to Marty’s 2006 “Maths vs GOD” presentation here.

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One comment

  1. Thanks for the post, among others. I noticed that the link to the maths-vs-god audio doesn’t work. Also the 2008, 2007, … links don’t seem worthy either.

    Thanks,
    ben



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