Math Encounters: "Deep Math: Between Combinatorics and Chocolate" with Persi Diaconis (7:00 pm)

Sometimes, good magic tricks use deep math or physics. Join mathematician and magician Persi Diaconis as he illustrates this by taking a coagulation-fragmentation model used in physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology and making a surprising trick out of it. Understanding the trick and the underlying dynamics of the model leads to nice problems in combinatorics and probability. And yes, the trick really does involve chocolate!

Special introduction by Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus of the City University of New York

Although the August 2 Math Encounters presentation will only be running at 7:00 pm, there will be another special event taking place at 4:30 pm. Click here to learn about Platonic Solids: Tiffany lamps, art objects, and stepping-stones to higher dimensions

Math Encounters is a public presentation series celebrating the spectacular world of mathematics, presented by the Simons Foundation and the National Museum of Mathematics.

For further information, call the National Museum of Mathematics at (212) 542-0566 or e-mail

Please note, this presentation is designed to be accessible and engaging to a general audience. As a rule of thumb, it would be best enjoyed by participants ages 12 and up.

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August 2nd, 2017 7:00 PM   through   8:30 PM
National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street
New York, NY 10010
United States
Phone: (212) 542-0566