Lecture, Barnard's Inn Hall, Tuesday, 30 Jan 2024 - 13:00
Mathematical Puzzles and Paradoxes
Many puzzles have a long history, such as water pouring puzzles, where you need to measure (for example) one pint of water equipped only with an eight-pint and a five-pint jug. The mathematics behind the solution has many useful applications.
Meanwhile, paradoxes such as: “some men shave themselves; those that do not shave themselves are shaved by the barber: who shaves the barber?” lead us to deep questions about set theory.
We will discuss several examples and the related mathematics.
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