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April 20th, 2015 - Nathan Lopez: Infinnnnn...ity, and more!
We'll explore the different concepts of infinity, discovering along the way that there are infinitely many infinites, each infinitely larger than the last. Cantor himself would go crazy at the mere thought.

April 13th, 2015 - Janis Lazovskis: Information and the Fourier transform
Ever wonder how your emails, you pictures, your likes are transmitted through wires and satellites so quickly? It all comes down to a powerful mathematical tool that finds all the important parts of any piece of data - the Fourier transform. We'll encode an image in several different ways to see where the real information lies.

View the Mathematica code used in the talk here.

April 6th, 2015 - Vladimir Finkleshtein: The Stable marriage problem
It's hard to find someone you're content with for the rest of your life, so why not apply math to solve the problem? I'll discuss how to find a "good" match in marriage and some other life situations.
View the simulation used in the talk here.

March 30th, 2015 - Tori Noquez: Counting and Cards
Not to be confused with counting cards! In this talk we'll go over some of the fundamental principles and techniques in combinatorics, the study of counting. We'll use these to calculate some probabilities of different hands of cards being dealt from a shuffled deck, and time permitting there will be a short demonstration.
View this talk on YouTube here.

March 16th, 2015 - Jake Herndon: False Proofs, Logical Fallacies, and Other Mathematical Abominations
Be careful and don't be fooled! In this talk we'll be "proving" the outrageous: that one equals zero, that every triangle is isosceles, and that a cat has nine tails. Use your logical prowess to find the false step!

March 9th, 2015 - Yen Duong: The perfect three-person committee
Let's say you want to make a committee of three people. To make sure no one is left out, you either want all three to be strangers to each other, or all of them to have worked together in pairs previously. How many people do you need to go through to make sure that you can make such a committee? No joke, the speaker has used this problem to pick up people. It's a great party trick... for certain kinds of parties.

March 2nd, 2015 - Nathan Lopez: Two Mathematicians and A Lie
Geniuses of all fields tend to be eccentric, and mathematics is no exception. In this installment of Math and Snacks, I will talk about three interesting (and somewhat crazy) individuals, two of whom will be actual mathematicians while the third will be fictitious. It will be your job to figure out the fake!
View the slides used in the talk here.

February 23rd, 2015 - Lou Kauffman: Knots!
Knotting and weaving has been part of all cultures for thousands of years, but this subject was not studied mathematically until the middle of the 19th century. Knot theory is today an active part of mathematics, with many applications. We demonstrate problems and questions about knots by using rope, magic tricks and computer graphics. Be prepared to be tied in knots.

February 16th, 2015 - Edgar Bering: Picture hanging puzzles and the shape of space
An old puzzle asks: "Can you hang a picture on two pegs so that if you remove either peg the picture falls?" We'll explore a solution.

February 9th, 2015 - Jeremy Kun: Encrypting your info online
What does it mean, mathematically, to encode a secret message? What does it mean for an encoding to be "secure"? How have ideas from number theory revolutionized the field of cryptography? I'll show how the RSA cryptosystem works, and discuss why it's not commonly used anymore.

February 2nd, 2015 - Michael Hull: Futurama in your brain!
When Amy and Professor Farnsworth switch brains, but can't switch back, trouble ensues. They need more brains to get back to their bodies, but how many more? This problem, from the Futurama episode The Prisoner of Benda, uses some novel math to solve a real world problem.

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