Wednesday, September 4th: Math Encounters: A Surreptitious Sequence—the Catalan Numbers

    Date: 09/04/2013

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: National Museum of Mathematics (11 E. 26th St., Manhattan)

    Price: Free

    What’s so special about the sequence 1, 1, 2, 5, 14, …? First described by Euler in the 1700s and later made famous by Belgian mathematician Eugène Catalan, the Catalan numbers take on a variety of different guises as they provide the solution to numerous combinatorial problems. Join mathematician Alissa Crans, recent Director of Educational and Outreach Activities at MSRI and current Loyola Marymount Associate Professor, as she explores some of the many ways in which the Catalan numbers are hidden throughout mathematics. Alissa will be introduced by John Ewing, president of Math for America.

    Presented by the Simons Foundation and the Museum of Mathematics, Math Encounters is a public presentation series that celebrates the spectacular world of mathematics.

    Presentations will be held at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

    The presentation is geared toward a general audience and would best be enjoyed by participants age 12 and up.

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