Some Classic Puzzles of Martin Gardner, The Best Friend Mathematics Ever Had

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 4:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
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Colm Mulcahy – Spelman College
Matt Baker

Please Note: Colm Mulcahy is a professor of mathematics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, where he has taught since 1988. He's currently on leave in the DC area. Over the last decade, he has been at the forefront of publishing new mathemagical principles and effects for cards, particularly in his long-running bi-monthly Card Colm for the MAA. Some of his puzzles have been featured in the New York Times. His book Mathematical Card Magic: Fifty-Two New Effects was published by AK Peters/CRC Press in 2013. Colm is a recipient of MAA's Allendoerfer Award for excellence in expository writing, for an article on image compression using wavelets.

Martin Gardner was best known for his 300 "Mathematical Games" columns in Scientific American, in which he introduced thousands of budding mathematicians to topics such as RSA cryptography, fractals, Penrose tiles and Conway's game of Life, as well as elegant puzzles which still lead to "Aha!" moments today. In his centennial year we'll survey some of what he achieved and in particular the puzzle legacy he leaves behind.