Maths Week

October 2017’s Alchemist Café

Maths Week 2017 with Rob Eastaway

Maths Week Ireland is in its 12th year and Alchemist Café Dublin is delighted to welcome back Rob Eastaway (@robeastaway), who spoke at our Maths Week event back in 2008. Back then he entertained us with “10 ways to win a maths bet in the pub”.

Rob Eastaway is an internationally renowned populariser of maths through books, broadcasting and presentations. He has written 18 books and is the director of Maths Inspiration. An engineering graduate from Cambridge University, while still a student Rob created puzzles for the New Scientist magazine.  He was awarded the 2016 Zeeman medal for promoting mathematics to the public by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. Rob was the very first international speaker for the first Maths Week Ireland in 2006.

 

 

 

Date: Tuesday 17th October 2017

Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: Doors 8pm, Show 8.30pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided

This event is in association with Maths Week Ireland

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October 2016’s Alchemist Café

Juggling-Theory and Practice with Dr. Colin Wright

Maths Week Ireland is in its 11th year and Alchemist Café Dublin is delighted to welcome back Dr. Colin Wright (@ColinTheMathmo), who spoke at our Maths Week event back in 2012. Back then he spoke with us about the essential wartime maths work of Alan Turing in breaking the Enigma code. This time he’s treating us to his performance on juggling and maths.

In this talk Colin demonstrates a selection of the patterns and skills of juggling while at the same time developing a simple method of describing and annotating a class of juggling patterns. By using elementary mathematics these patterns can be classified, leading to a simple way to describe those patterns that are known already, and a technique for discovering new ones.

Juggling has fascinated people for centuries. Seemingly oblivious to gravity, the skilled practitioner will keep several objects in the air at one time, and weave complex patterns that seem to defy analysis.

Colin Wright graduated in 1982 from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Pure Mathematics, and went on to receive his doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University, England. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world on “Juggling – Theory and Practice.” Colin also established MathsJam a major annual gathering of people interested in recreational mathematics. He also enjoys sailing small boats.

Colin Wright Juggling Maths

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2016

Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: Doors 7pm, Show 7.30pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided

This event is in association with Maths Week Ireland

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October 2015’s Alchemist Café

Illusion of a “Sixth Sense” with mathemagician Andrew Jeffrey

Maths Week Ireland is celebrating its 10th year and Alchemist Café Dublin is delighted to welcome back Andrew Jeffrey, who spoke at our first event hosted as part of national Maths Week back in 2007.

Sorting out science fact from fiction in the public discussion of STEM has been a constant theme at our café scientifique events. Many people claim mind-reading or psychic abilities. Andrew Jeffrey, the mathemagician, claims no such thing, but he does combine mathematics and his five common senses to create the illusion of a sixth sense.

Come and see as Andrew emulates the feats of the world’s greatest mind readers. Warning: explanations will not be given!

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Date: Wednesday 14th October 2015

Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 8:30 pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided

This event is in association with Maths Week Ireland and CPL

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October 2014’s Alchemist Café

Murderous Maths with Kjartan Poskitt

Enjoy an evening with the author of the phenomenally successful ‘Murderous Maths” series of books! Kjartan Poskitt is the author of Scholastic’s “Murderous Maths” series which have sold over 1,500,000 copies world wide.

His latest book “Everyday Maths For Grown Ups” is written to help adults who have never quite grasped how sums work. Over the last 10 years he has entertained schools, teacher conferences and theatre audiences with items from his books including strange numbers, bizarre facts, tricks, predictions, flexagons and magic squares, and he has presented numerous science and maths programmes for BBC TV.

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2014
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome! Complimentary Finger Food Provided

This event is part of Maths Week 2014 and is in association with Discover Science & Engineering and CPL

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October 2013’s 2nd Alchemist Café

Maths and the Céide Fields

The neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo, Ireland, contains the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world, dating back more than 5000 years (older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge). The Céide Fields is a network of parallel stone enclosures with many of the walls running as far as two kilometers in length. Ten square kilometres of the site have been mapped. Patrick Caulfield, a local schoolteacher, first discovered the site during the 1930s. Patrick’s son, Seamus, grew up to be an archaeologist, and it was he who began the first true excavation of the Céide Fields in 1970. Screen shot 2013-10-03 at 16.48.46

Seamus Caulfield, Retired Associate Professor of Archaeology (UCD) has been involved with the archaeology of the site since its discovery and has observed mathematical patterns which can help explain the site. He will discuss the mathematics associated with the Céide Fields and open up a discussion about what it can teach us.

This event will be the perfect appetiser for Maths Week 2013!

Date: Tuesday 8th October 2013
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

This event is in association with Discover Science & Engineering and CPL

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October 2012’s Alchemist Cafe

Mathsweek 2012: Alan Turing & Maths Jam

Now in its 7th year Maths Week is going from strength to strength. The cafe has hosted events during the event since 2007 (almost from the start) and 2012 is no different. This year we will have Dr Colin Wright and the wonderful guys and gals from MathsJam on the night so you can scratch your maths itch.

Alan Turing is known to some for his work during the war on breaking the Enigma cipher and helping to read enemy messages. In this talk Colin will look at the work involved, the challenges, some of the history, and some of his other, often neglected contributions.



Alan Turing sculpture at Bletchley Park by Chris Brown

Colin Wright graduated in 1982 from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Pure Mathematics, and went on to receive his doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University, England. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance. Since then he has worked as a research mathematician, a computer programmer, and an electronics hardware designer, taking time to give presentations all over the world on “Juggling – Theory and Practice” and other topics on mathematics and science. Colin also enjoys sailing small boats and playing bridge, although not (so far) at the same time.

Before and after Colin you can talk to MathsJam. MathsJam is a chance for anyone to join the fun and get together in a relaxed social atmosphere. It is for people of all ages, backgrounds, education and ability, all that’s required is an interest in and enthusiasm for maths. The Dublin branch is one of over 25 cities that host these events and they all link up on Twitter to share puzzles. They have their meetings from 7pm on the second last Tuesday of every month. To sign up for information, just send an email to dublin@mathsjam.com to receive updates.

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided.
This event is part of Maths Week in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

The making of the videos was supported by Dublin City of Science 2012

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October 2011’s Alchemist Cafe

Fernando Blasco and MathsJam

Most people envisage mathematics only as a necessary tool for science and technology. A tool rather abstruse, composed largely of equations and complex definitions. While it is true that maths provides the language for science, and that its development has been motivated by problems in areas such as physics, chemistry or biology, it is also true that many practitioners have focused since ancient times on its recreational side. Surprisingly, this side of maths tends to be forgotten by both the general audience and not so few mathematicians.

Dr. Fernando Blasco is a mathematician at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and one of Spain’s best known maths promoters. He uses magic to introduce the public to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoku, topology, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube, calendars or quick calculations. He has collaborated with TV shows in Spain and has played in Civic Centers, Science Museums, University Classrooms and other stages

Alongside the talk we will be playing host to MathsJam, a free monthly event for maths enthusiasts to get together in a pub to discuss and do problems, games, puzzles or anything they find interesting, all within a relaxed enviornment. It’s a great opportunity to have fun with maths and make new friends. Founded in London, MathsJam has taken off and has spread to eleven cities. The events all happen simultaneously, allowing us to link up online and share ideas.

MathsJam meet on the second last Tuesday of every month from 7pm. Check us out at the event or email dublin@mathsjam.com to join the mailing list. We are also on Facebook under “Dublin MathsJam”.

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2011
Location: The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7:30pm (sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!

Complimentary finger food will be provided.
This event is a part of Maths Week Ireland, in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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October 2010’s Alchemist Cafe

The Dr Maths Randomness Show

Understanding if events are random or have some underlying structure is a fascinating area of mathematics, filled with great discoveries.

In the short run, chance may seem to be volatile and unfair. Considering the misconceptions, inconsistencies, paradoxes and counter intuitive aspects of probability, it is not a surprise that as a civilization it has taken us a long time to develop some methods to deal with this. In antiquity, chance mechanisms, such as coins, dice and cards were used for decision making and there was a strong belief in the fact that God or Gods controlled the outcome. Even today, some people see chance outcomes as fate or destiny – “that which was meant to be”

Could it be synchronicity that we will all end up in the pub on a Tuesday?

The discussion will be led by Steve Humble (aka Dr Maths) who believes that the fundamentals of mathematics can be taught via practical experiments. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most children learning maths outside the classroom.

In March 2010 he published an academic paper on the educational benefits of learning maths outside the classroom and is presently researching into the effect of parents on their children’s homework His latest academic paper is called The Humble-Nishiyama Randomness Game which gives a flavour of his other two mathematical loves – Magic and Randomness. For the last seven years he has written a fortnightly newspaper column called Dr Maths. You can find more information on Dr Maths here.

Date: Tuesday 12th October 2010
Location:The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm (Sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
Complimentary Finger Food will be provided.
This event is part of Maths Week Ireland.

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October 2009’s Alchemist Cafe

Stand up maths in the pub with Kjartan Poskitt

Kjartan’s Murderous Maths books have sold well over 1,000,000 copies worldwide, and he will present a selection of tricks and oddities that you won’t have seen at school!

Features include: How to make money from cards, Sense-defying Flexagons , Bizarre numbers, Paradoxes, Strange things you can do with a chessboard and How your birthdate affects your personality. He’ll teach you a few simple tricks to go away and impress your friends with.

Guaranteed to wake up parts of your brain that you didn’t know you had!

Date: Tuesday 13th October 2009
Location:The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
Time: 8.00pm (Sharp)
Admission: Free – All Welcome!
The talk is a part of Maths Week in association with CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

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October 2008’s Alchemist Cafe

10 Ways to Win a Maths Bet in the Pub
What’s the point of maths? To help you to win bets in the pub of course. The best bets are ones where your opponent thinks the odds are in his favour. Author and Broadcaster Rob Eastaway (as heard on the Ray D’Arcy and Pat Kenny radio shows) will be showing his favourite examples, ranging the newspaper bet to ‘special’ poker where you choose the cards, and giving the audience a chance to win some money off him.
Rob Eastaway graduated in Engineering at Cambridge University, but his real love was always maths. He has written a number of bestselling books, including ‘Why do buses come in threes?’ and ‘How many socks make a pair?’, and is regularly to be heard on radio talking about the maths of everyday life – including recent appearances on the Ray D’arcy and Pat Kenny shows. He has given maths talks to all age groups across Britain and Ireland.

Date: Tuesday 14th October 2008
Location: Mercantile Bar, Dame Street
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: Free-All Welcome!
Complimentary Food will be provided
In association with Maths Week, CPL and Discover Science & Engineering

Thanks again to our friend Marek we have a video of this cafe:

Rob Eastaway at Alchemist Cafe, Dublin, October, 2008. from DOCUMENTAVi on Vimeo.

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