Mathematical Adventures

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Speaker: Cornelia Van Cott, University of San Francisco
Title: Card Shuffling and Mathematics

Via Zoom at 7:30 pm December 5, 2023

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Most of us shuffle decks of cards with the so-called riffle shuffle, but another fascinating shuffling technique is the perfect shuffle. Only experienced gamblers and magicians can do perfect shuffles reliably, yet the mathematics behind the perfect shuffle has a rich and beautiful history. We will explore this and extend our discussion to a few other card shuffling techniques, as well. All are welcome. No card shark skills required!

Cornelia Van Cott is a professor at the University of San Francisco. Her research is primarily in low dimensional topology, but she also loves doing research projects with students on a variety of topics (including card shuffling!). Cornelia spends her summers teaching at MathPath, a fantastic summer camp for children who love math. Outside the world of mathematics, she enjoys flowers, basketball, and playing piano.

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