BAMA presents, absolutely free

Scott Kim
Who will tell us the:

"Tales of a Mathematical Puzzle Designer"

At San Jose State University
in the Engineering Auditorium Room 189
on Wednesday, January 18, 2006
at 7:30 pm

If you love mathematics, chances are you love mathematical puzzles. But have you ever wondered how puzzles are invented? In this talk I will show you how I invent puzzles for the science magazine Discover, as well as for computer games. You'll hear about the type of mathematics that goes into analyzing puzzles. And you'll see how inventing puzzles is like mathematical research.

Scott Kim was raised in Los Angeles, and received his undergraduate degree in Music and his PhD in Computers and Graphic Design from Stanford University. Inspired by mathematics writer Martin Gardner, he channeled his love of mathematics and teaching into a career as a puzzle designer, creating thousands of puzzles for magazines, computer games, and educational toys. He is also a graphic designer, programmer, and choreographer/performer. He is the author of the book Inversions, as well as the yearly Games page-a-day calendar. You can see more of his work at

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