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Spring Conference


We are currently seeking speakers for the Spring 2013 Conference in Tahoe.  This conference will be held on April 26 and 27.  Please submit your proposal using the Call for Tahoe Proposals Form.

To get an idea of what the 2012 conference was like, see below.

The CMC3 16th annual spring recreational math conference will take place at Lake Tahoe in the MontBleu hotel and spa on Friday evening April 27th through Saturday April 28th, 2012. 

Click here for the Conference Program

Click here for the Spring Conference Flier

Click here for the registration form in pdf

Click here for the registration form in Word

Our key note speakers will be:

Shirley Gray, Mathematics Professor
CSU Los Angeles
Mathematics – A Tie that Binds Sources that Unite our Community
Too often students view the pre-internet world as one of individual struggle and isolated,
solitary work, with little communication and connection among mathematicians, particularly across international borders. But this is perhaps surprisingly not the case. European mathematicians in the 17th and 18th centuries did not work in isolation; rather they worked in collaboration and sometimes in competition with their counterparts across the continent.  Moreover, they were often not thought of as being “genius” or even young by their contemporaries.  Just as today, it was a competitive world; everyone wanted to garner the recognition that came with being the first with a particular result. But this only fueled the need for collaboration and the sharing of ideas, through written communication, both personal and in professional journals, personal visits and travel, and presentations at professional society meetings.  Mathematics is a social endeavor that progresses by collaborations in non-linear fashion. As Newton wrote, in a letter to his rival Robert Hooke, in 1676: “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

Robert Mathews, Department of Music
Yuba College
The Well-Tempered Fraction: a look at how music and math intersect in everyday life.
A very hip and lively talk on mathematics and music connections
The places where music and math intersect are so numerous that we encounter them everyday, often without even knowing it. They’re found not only in the ponderous areas of the inner mind, where we could imagine what a musical fraction might sound like, but also in innocuous locations, as common as the dentist’s office. Either way, music and math provide a nearly infinite amount of ways to see something familiar in a new light.

Student Keynote Speaker: 
Jesse Cohen
Santa Rosa Junior College
Algebra:  A Student's Exploration of Space and Structure
Henri Poincare said "The mathematician does not study pure mathematics because it is simply useful; he studies it because he delights in it and he delights in it because it is beautiful."  In this talk will be presented the results from and experience of a community college student's participation in an independent research project in mathematics.

Matrix of Session Speakers

  Session 1
9:00 - 10:00
Session 2
10:30 - 11:30
Session 3
2:30 - 3:30
Session 4
4:00 - 5:00
Metro A Mark Harbison
Pythagorean Triples
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Steve Blasberg
If There's No Solution It's Not a Problem
Laura Sparks
Kepler:  Family Witchcraft, Misery on Earth, and Discovering Alien Worlds with 17th Century Mathematics
Janet Tarjan
Beginning Game Theory Using Battle of the Sexes, Prisoner's Dilemna, and MAD
Metro B Peter Avery
Graph Theory How to be Colorful and Make Friends
Tom Grube
Bankroll Management for Bets With Positive Expected Value

Metro C Bruce Armbrust
Geocaching:  Using Multi-Billion Dollar Technology (and Math) to Find Tupperware in the Woods
Click Here for the PowerPoint
Stephen Eurgubian
Global Warming in the US ... the Proof in Numbers
Donald Pfaff
If Circles Were Squares
Pavel Solin
Live in the Cloud, and the Force of Math Will Be With You

Call For Proposals:    Any speakers who are interested in giving a talk in the 2013 Recreational Math Conference in Tahoe can fill out the Tahoe 2013 call for proposals form by clicking here.  Interested speakers for Monterey 2012 can fill out the Monterey 2013 call for proposals form by clicking here.

Future Conferences:  If you are a long term planner and want to look at CMC3 conference in the far future, click here.

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