2014 Free MAV Public Lecture Series

Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria

Lectures at Library at The Dock

The mathematical magic of 3D printing
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday 26 October 2014 3d-printing
  3D printing is now all the rage, however Burkard has been printing his mathematical fantasies for over ten years. 3D printing is like traditional ruler and compass constructions but on steroids: higher dimensional creatures appear, wonderful mathematical action toys can be created, and much, much more. Come along and let Burkard share with you all the secrets of 3D printing.
Was Pythagoras Chinese?
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 23 November 2014 pythagoras



We all remember (perhaps dimly) Pythagoras’s theorem, Pascal’s triangle and other discoveries of the great mathematicians. But who really made these groundbreaking discoveries? Was it all European brilliance, or do some cultures deserve more credit than they’ve received? Is there such a thing as “European mathematics” or “Asian mathematics” or “Aboriginal mathematics”? Or, is maths just maths?

In this talk we’ll play Historical Maths Judge. We’ll investigate what mathematics really is, and we’ll decide who really deserves the credit for the great mathematical discoveries.


The Futurama of Mathematics
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster and Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 30 November 2014 futurama

The mathematics cleverly hidden in The Simpsons has received a lot of attention recently. However, while the writers don’t exactly hold back in the Simpsons, in the sister series Futurama these mathematically wired writers go absolutely wild.

In this talk the Bender and Professor Farnsworth impersonators, Burkard and Marty, will take you on a journey to the 31st century, on their mission to track down some truely mindbending maths.


About the Lecturers:

Burkard and MartyBurkard 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 that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

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 nomad. 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 in mathematics at Stanford University. Eventually, he arrived back in Australia, where he has wandered the mathematical world, aimless but happy.


Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

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