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CMC3 Recreational Math Conference
Lake Tahoe
April 25 and 26, 2014
At the MontBleu Hotel and Spa

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Registration:  Friday 5:30 - 7:00 pm and Saturday 8:30 - 10:30 am

Reservations at MontBleu Hotel and Spa:
By phone:  800 - 648 - 3353 CMC3 Discount: CA Mathematics Council
Online: Group Code: STMTH14

Keynote Speakers:

Friday Evening 7:30 - 9:00 pm:  Thomas Mattman, California State University Chico

How to Untie a Knot (and Become Ruler of the World)

The legend of the Gordian knot held that whoever untied the knot would become the ruler of the world. Alexander the Great fulfilled the prophecy by going on to conquer Persia (in other words, most of the known world) after dealing with the famous knot. We will discuss Alexander’s method for untying knots and how research connecting mathematics and physics has given new insight into Gordian numbers. The talk will also feature some square knot dancing.

Saturday 1:00 - 2:15 pm:  Bill Dunham, Visiting Professor at Princeton University

Your Humble Servant, Is. Newton

Drawing from Newton's published letters, Bill Dunham will share his favorite examples of Isaac Newton as correspondent.  From his earliest known letter in 1661 (where he scolded a friend for being drunk), through exchanges with Leibniz, Locke, and others, to documents from his days at the Mint in London, these writings give glimpses of Newton at his best ... and worst.

About William Dunham:  
William Dunham received his B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh (1969) and his  Ph.D. from Ohio State (1974).  After 22 years, he has retired as the Truman Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College but continues to moonlight with visiting positions at Harvard (S-2013), Princeton (S-2014), and the University of Pennsylvania (F-2014).  Recently, the Mathematical Association of American selected him as its George Pólya Lecturer for 2014 - 2016.  Dunham has written four books: Journey Through Genius, The Mathematical Universe, Euler: The Master of Us All, and The Calculus Gallery.  In 2010 he recorded a 24-lecture DVD series on the history of mathematics for The Teaching Company.

Join Us for the CMC3  Foundation Gala in Room 1707

 Immediately After the Friday Keynote Talk

                             $15 suggested donation, supports student scholarships 

Saturday Regular Sessions
   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 Hop David
Tiling in Art and Harmonic Perspective
Jeff L Clark
Math in the Movies
Denny Burzynski
Art and Mathematics:  Counting the Cubic Constructions of Artist Moshe Elimelech
Katrina Keating & Tadashi Tsuchida
Asia in Color: A Photographer's View of Education & the Next Generation
Metro B Eric Hutchinson
Math and the Cajon Drum
Patrick Villa
Sports Book Betting and the Probabilities Associated With Them
No Session No Session
Metro C John Thoo
How Cubic Equations and Not Quadratic Led to Complex Numbers
Dean Gooch
History of Codes and Cryptography
Gregory Daubenmire
Ptolemy to Copernicus
Why Did it Take 1400 Years to Get it Right?
Steve Blasberg
I've Got Problems

Call For the Tahoe Student Keynote Proposal:  Each year we honor one student who will make a 30 minute keynote presentation on the mathematical research that that student has done.  The student will receive a scholarship and free conference registration.  Interested students can apply by filling out the online form at:  For more information about the student keynote, please contact Larry Green at

Call For Proposals (Monterey 2014 and Tahoe 2015): 
  We now have full program of speakers for the Tahoe 2014 Recreational Math conference, but if you are interested in speaking at the 2015 Recreational Math Conference in Tahoe can fill out the Tahoe 2015 call for proposals form by clicking here.  Interested speakers for Monterey 2014 can fill out the Monterey 2014 call for proposals form by clicking here.

Special Thanks to McGraw Hill for Sponsoring the Saturday Afternoon Snacks and to Pearson for Supplying the Conference Tote Bags

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