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Mathematical Art and Play Seminars

⌊ n!/e ⌉

This seminar will be given by David Butler as part of the School of Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series in September 2014.

Date: Tue 9 Sep 2014
Time: 2:10 pm
Place: Inkgarni Wardli 715 Conference Room

Abstract

What is this formula? Why does it use those strangely mismatched brackets, and why does it use both factorial and the number e? What is it supposed to calculate? And why would someone love it so much that they put it on a t-shirt? In this seminar you will find out the answers to all of these questions, and also find out what derangements have to do with Taylor's theorem.

Prezi

To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: n factorial on e on Prezi.com

Eigenvalue Magic Tricks

This seminar was given by David Butler as part of the School of Mathematical Sciences Undergraduate Seminar Series in August 2013.

Abstract

Eigenvalues are awesome, but students rarely get the chance to see just how supremely awesome they are. In this talk I’ll tell you some awesome truths about eigenvalues that you don’t get to see in first year, and show you their proofs, which happen to contain some of the most clever magic tricks in the whole of maths.

Prezi

To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: Eigenvalue Magic Tricks on Prezi.com

Handout

To download a pdf version of the handout, which contains more cool eigenvalue proofs than in the seminar, follow this link: Eigenvalue Information and Proofs handout

Secrets of Alice in Wonderland

This live streaming show was presented by David Butler and Cobi Smith at the Royal Institution of Australia as part of Science Week 2012 and the Great Big Science Read project. To find out more about the show, check out the page on the RiAus website

Prezi

To view the prezi from the seminar on Prezi.com, follow this link: Secrets of Alice in Wonderland on Prezi.com

Video

To view the video of the seminar on YouTube, follow this link: Secrets of Alice in Wonderland on YouTube

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