"Instant Fame - Using 2011-era Computers on Old Problems"
Ed Pegg, Wolfram Research
Thursday, April 7, 2011
7 p.m. Reynolds Auditorium
PDF of public lecture poster
A Public Lecture by ED PEGG puzzler extraordinaire! Instant Fame! using computers to solve famous old puzzles
Over the last few years, puzzlers, mathematicians, computer scientists and hobbyists have been revisiting old puzzles and problems, exploring solutions that would have been impossible to discover just a few years ago. With new tools, anyone can join in the fun at home! Maybe YOU will solve the next one!
Join world renowned puzzler Ed Pegg (mathpuzzle.com, Wolfram Research) for a dazzling evening of intriguing puzzles!
Here’s a puzzle, dating back to 1914, for you to try out yourself: Subdivide a 13x13 square into eleven smaller squares.
Ed Pegg, Jr. is an expert on mathematical puzzles and recreational mathematician. His puzzles have appeared on Will Shortz’ puzzle segment on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, Japan Airlines inflight magazine, the New York Times, Games Magazine and elsewhere. Online he writes for the Mathematical Association of America and is the creator of mathpuzzle.com. Pegg served as a primary consultant on the TV series Numb3rs, providing many of the mathematical ideas behind the show. Pegg currently works at Wolfram Research, where he has produced hundreds of Mathematica Demonstration Projects and Mathworld articles