BAMA presents, absolutely free

John Conway
Princeton University

Who will show us

"Some Very Interesting Sequences"

At Santa Clara University
in the Recital Hall of the Music and Dance Building

on Wednesday March 16, 2005
at 7:30 pm

One of the the interesting sequences is 1,11,21,1211,111221,312211,13112221,1113213211,... for which you're invited first, to guess the very simple rule, and then, to wonder just how it's connected with an algebraic equation of degree 71. A much more serious one has first five terms 1,4,75,28,5, and although I don't yet know its 31st term, I do know that the 49,487,365,422nd one is 1024, even though I can't be sure that all its terms are defined.

John H. Conway is the John von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He has made substantial contributions to several branches of mathematics: set theory, number theory, finite groups, quadratic forms, game theory, knot theory, combinatorics, and coding theory. He is the author of several books on mathematics, and the inventor of many mathematical games, in particular, the game of Life. In addition, Professor Conway invented surreal numbers while analyzing the game of Go. He is a dynamic speaker, and the audience can expect to see mathematics different from any they have seen before.

How to get to Santa Clara University:
101 From US Highway 101, take the De La Cruz Boulevard/Santa Clara exit and follow the signs to El Camino and the main campus entrance.
280 From I-280, take I-880 north toward Oakland to the Alameda exit. Turn left onto The Alameda (which becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
880 From I-880, take the Alameda exit, travel north (The Alameda becomes El Camino Real) to the main campus entrance.
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There is free parking in a lot at the intersection of Franklin and Alviso Streets click here for a map).

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Last revised on 16 February 2005