2011 Free Public Lecture Series at Melbourne Museum.
Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria
in association with Museum Victoria.

Melbourne Museum
The Problem with Probability 
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday 12 June 2011
probability
VENUE: Mind and Body Gallery Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
  Is there a problem? Well, the Crown Casino is raking in zillions of dollars, politicians are conning the populace with meaningless statistics, religious leaders are conflating coincidences into proof of higher beings, and on and on. So, yes, there is a problem.

We are all constantly finding ourselves in situations that involve randomness and uncertainty. And, we all tend to handle these situations very poorly. Given our decades of practice, it is astonishing just how bad our sense of probability really is.

But now, help is at hand. Come and find out about some of the most cunning probability traps that we face in everyday life, and learn how to avoid them. Presented by The Age’s maths master Burkard Polster.
The Pyramids, the Sphinx and Other Riddles
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 26 June 2011
sphinx
VENUE: Mind and Body Gallery Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
 

We are still able to witness the architectural marvels of Ancient Egypt. But what of Egypt's mathematical marvels? Is all that stuff about the pyramids actually true, or is it just silly pseudomathematics? What is an Egyptian fraction, and why would we care?

In this lecture, we'll investigate the mathematics of Ancient Egypt and of even older civilizations. We'll try to separate fact from myth, to determine how mathematically advanced these civilizations actually were. Along the way, we'll have fun with the fun stuff. And, we'll make fun of the silly stuff.

Listen to the lecture: {enclose Pyramid-Sphinx-Riddles.mp3}  

Bernhard Riemann's Hypothesis, and What it Means for Mankind
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 7 August 2011 (note date change
Riemann
VENUE: Mind and Body Gallery Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
  In recent years, a number of very famous mathematical problems have been solved. However one problem – The Riemann Hypothesis – is still frustrating the World's most brilliant mathematicians. Bernhard Riemann posed his problem over 150 years ago: why has this puzzle proved so difficult to solve?

In this lecture, we'll explain it all. We'll gently describe The Riemann Hypothesis and what it means. We'll explain why mathematicians care so much about The Riemann Hypothesis, and why there's a million dollars up for grabs for solving it.
Supersonic Sudoku
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 21 August 2011 (note date change)
sudoko
VENUE: Mind and Body Gallery Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of charge. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
  Following on from last year’s Rubik’s Cube extravaganza, it’s puzzle time again. Whether you're a seasonded Sudoku enthusiast, or you simply want to learn what all the fuss is about, maths master Burkard Polster will explain it all. Come watch, as Burkard chases some very elusive numbers around the Sudoku grid. Learn to fly the X-wing, control the swordfish, and land on a Latin square. Once only, all the Sudoko secrets revealed, at the Melbourne Museum.

About the Lecturers:

Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne's tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

"These really are world class public lectures. And to make them work for such a diverse audience is a splendid achievement."
Dr Max Stephens, MAV Life Member.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University's resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical bum. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD on minimal surfaces at Stanford University. After a stint at Rice University, he came back to Australia. Since then, he has wandered from Maths Department to Maths Department, aimless but happy.

Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

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