January 22, 2019
Tom Edgar '02, associate professor of mathematics, Pacific Lutheran University will present "No Numeration Without Representation". Free pizza and everyone welcome to attend!
A complicated version of "eeny, meeny, miny, moe," some two-player token collecting games, a mystery of identifying a counterfeit coin, and certain magic card tricks can all be explained by letting go of our usual method of representing the numbers involved. After describing each of the problems, we'll pursue a "choose-your-own-adventure" path to showing how nonstandard numeration systems give rise to interesting solutions to the problems.