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California Mathematics Council Community Colleges

2014 Spring Conference at Lake Tahoe, Apr 25-26

The 18th Annual Spring Conference was held in Stateline, NV on Apr 25-26, 2014 at the MontBleu Hotel and spa.

Friday Keynote Speaker: 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 Keynote Speaker: 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.

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.

Other Events

Foundation Gala

Please join hs for the CMC3 Foundation Gala in room 1707 immediately following the Friday Keynote Talk. There is a $15 suggested donation, all of which supports student scholarships.

Schedule of the Saturday Concurrent Sessions

Presentations provided can be found below.

  Session 1
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Session 2
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Session 3
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Session 4
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Metro A Tiling in Art and Harmonic Perspective
Hop David
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Math in the Movies
Jeff L Clark
Art and Mathematics: Counting the Cubic Constructions of Artist Moshe Elimelech
Denny Burzynski
Asia in Color: A Photographer's View of Education & the Next Generation
Katrina Keating & Tadashi Tsuchida
Metro B Math and the Cajon Drum
Eric Hutchinson
Sports Book Betting and the Probabilities Associated With Them
Patrick Villa
No Session
No Session
Metro C How Cubic Equations and Not Quadratic Led to Complex Numbers
John Thoo
History of Codes and Cryptography
Dean Gooch
Ptolemy to Copernicus Why Did it Take 1400 Years to Get it Right?
Gregory Daubenmire
I’ve Got Problems
Steve Blasberg

View the Full Conference Program.

Future CMC3 Conferences

Information about future conferences is available. For conference information, contact the Conference Chair. For registration information contact the Membership Chair