Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria

Lectures at Library at The Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 3008 (corner of Collins and Bourke streets) Phone: 9658 9998.

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The Mathematical Magic of The Simpsons
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday 23 August 2015, 12:30pm - 1:30pm  simpsons

Who isn’t a fan of The Simpsons, arguably the most popular TV show of all times. And what's the secret of its success? Obviously all the mathematics the writers have secreted into countless episodes. In this presentation Burkard Polster - Melbourne’s answer to Professor Frink - will take you on a mindbending mathematical tour of Springfield.

Check out Burkard's Mathologer YouTube channel here.

Footy Maths
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 13 September 2015, 12:30pm - 1:30pm scoreboard



Mathematics is one of life’s great pleasures, almost as much fun as Aussie Rules. And what’s the most fun at all? Combining the two, teasing out all the playful maths hidden inside footy. Come see for yourself. Come find out how a footy nerd occupies himself, waiting the decade or so until the mighty (?) Saints once again become a footy force.

Calculus in One Easy Lesson
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 11 October 2015, 12:30pm - 1:30pm  cat

Thomas Hobbes wrote that to make sense of calculus “it is not required that a man be a geometrician or logician, but that he should be mad”. And Hobbes is hardly alone in his exasperation. But is calculus really all that difficult? Must one really be mad to understand it? In this presentation Marty will exhibit the beautiful and surprisingly intuitive ideas underlying calculus. He’ll demonstrate the magic of calculus, and prove that the source of this magic is not madness or sorcery, but genius.


Yin Maths and Yang Maths
Presented by Drs Burkard Polster and Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 1 November 2015, 12:30pm - 1:30pm  ying yang

Drs Burkard Polster and Marty Ross discuss permutations and how they illuminate the worlds of Rubik's cubes, magic tricks and maths itself.

Odd and even, negative and positive, left- and right-handed: all are incarnations of the yin and yang of mathematics.

In this presentation, Burkard Polster and Marty Ross will introduce you to the yin and yang of permutations, which is at the centre of every shuffle, of every arrangement, of pretty much every general mess. Witness how permutations illuminate the worlds of Rubik's cubes, magic tricks and mathematics itself.

Families welcome - whether you're five or 85, Burkard Polster and Marty Ross will help you uncover some of the great ideas of mathematics.

Check out Burkard and Marty's lecture, which was played on Radio National's Big Ideas program on 18 November.


About the Lecturers:

Burkard and MartyBurkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne's tag team of mathematics. They wrote The Age’s Maths Masters column for seven years, appear at schools, and in general do whatever they can to convince whomever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at


Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.


Library At The Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 3008 (corner of Collins and Bourke streets) Phone: 9658 9998.

Car parking

Pay car parking facilities are available at:

Etihad Stadium - enter at Gates 5 and 6 via La Trobe Street or at Gates 1, 2 and 3 via Bourke Street   700 Collins Street
Waterfront City - Docklands Drive   800 Bourke Street
NewQuay - Docklands Drive   Digital Harbour – near Docklands Drive
Watergate – corner Batman's Hill Drive and Bourke Street   Melbourne Convention Centre – corner of Flinders and Sidderley streets

Free, two-hour and street metered parking is located on Bourke Street, North Wharf Road and other locations throughout Docklands.

It is a short walk from Southern Cross station and the trams travel down both Collins (11 & 48) and Bourke Street (86)

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