# Mathematics Awareness Month Public Lecture Series

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Mathematics Awareness Month is held each year in April. Its goal is to increase public understanding of and appreciation for mathematics. To that end Cornell's Department of Mathematics sponsors an annual public lecture in keeping with each year's theme. To learn more about Mathematics Awareness Month, its history and previous years’ themes, visit www.mathaware.org.

### Upcoming Lectures

The next lecture in this series will take place on Friday April 20, 2018 - Gates Auditorium

Refreshments served at 4:00 p.m.

Talk begins at 4:30 p.m.

Bobby Kleinberg, Cornell University (poster)

Card Games, Inevitable Patterns, and Computation

Math entices us with games and puzzles, inspires us to discover absolute truths about numbers, spaces, and symmetries, and furnishes us with methods for tackling practical problems. Every so often, these three roles converge. In the summer of 2016 mathematicians solved the “cap set problem,” a famous open question in additive combinatorics that can be explained using a generalization of the card game SET. The solution astonished the mathematical world with its simplicity and sparked a frenzy of research applying the new discovery to other problems, including the seemingly unrelated question of how rapidly one can multiply matrices on a computer. I will explain what the cap set problem is, why the solution is considered surprising and beautiful, and what it teaches us about computation.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Heather Peterson.

### Previous Lectures in the Series

- Alberto A. Martínez, University of Texas at Austin

Pythagoras and Other Fictions: Do we need them in math? (2017) - Lionel Levine, Cornell University

The Future of Prediction (2016) — view a video of this lecture - David S. Ross, Rochester Institute of Technology

Careers in Math: What They Are, What They Should Be (2015) - John Maceli, Ithaca College:

What is Mathematical Magic? (2014) - David Shmoys, Cornell University:

Computational Sustainability: An algorithmic lens for better decision-making (2013) - Paul Velleman, Cornell University:

Surfng the Data Deluge (2012) - John Hubbard, Cornell University:

The Price of Anarchy (2011) - Allen Knutson, Cornell University:

The Mathematics of Juggling (2010) - Christopher Danforth, University of Vermont, Thomas Pfaff, Ithaca College, Zellman Warhaft, Cornell University, and Mary Lou Zeeman, Cornell University and Bowdoin College:

Mathematics and Climate (2009) - Michael A. Jones, Montclair State University:

What a Difference a Procedure Makes: Scoring Rules in Politics and Sports (2008) - David Field, Cornell University:

Unraveling the Knot of our Sensory Experience (2007) - Graeme Bailey, Cornell University:

Keeping and Sharing Secrets (2006) - John Hubbard, Cornell University:

Order and Chaos in the Solar System (2005) - Steven Strogatz, Cornell University:

Sync (2004) - Warwick Tucker, Cornell University:

Using a Computer to do Rigorous Mathematics (2002) - Robert Connelly, Cornell University:

How to Unfold a Carpenter's Rule in the Plane (2001) - John Hubbard, Cornell University:

Chaos, Complication and Control (2000)