F961 Fall 2018 The Pleasure(!) of Recreational Mathematics: Life Beyond Sudoku
Saturday, 9:30–12:00, Sept. 22
Instructor: Dan Sherman
Although many of us may think “recreational mathematics” is an oxymoron, solving simple problems (like deciding whether to switch doors in the Let’s Make a Deal television show) can entertain and give insight into important mathematical concepts. This class will work through several famous problems in recreational mathematics and show deeper connections to mathematics. The class will highlight some of the great writers on topics of recreational mathematics, including Ben Franklin, Lewis Carrol, Martin Gardner, and Raymond Smullyan. The class will be highly interactive, and participants will be asked to bring a deck of cards to work through some problems. Many references (including web-based ones) will be provided for further study.
Dan Sherman was bitten by the “puzzle bug” early in his life, which got him on track to study mathematics and its history, learning that has helped him greatly in obtaining a PhD in economics and subsequent work. He has taught many OLLI courses.