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A Historical Tour of Recreational Mathematics

A Historical Tour of Recreational Mathematics Through Binary Recreations and Hamiltonian Circuits with David Singmaster
  • General Adult
  • Students
  • Location: Dublin
  • Mathematicians
  • Teachers
When Oct 18, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle
Contact Name
Contact Phone (01) 4070779
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Join Prof David Singmaster on a historical journey through early mathematical ideas, puzzles and games from early Egyptian multiplication, Chinese rings, Towers of Hanoi and Gray Code and their connection with the work of Ireland’s most famous mathematician William Rowan Hamilton.

While this event will be popular with mathematicians it will appeal to the general public.


David Singmaster doing street magic and maths on Grafton Street, in Maths in the City, Dublin, Maths Week Ireland, 2011

David Singmaster was born in USA and is professor emeritus of mathematics at South Bank University, London. He is a renowned authority on recreational mathematics, puzzles and games. He is in demand for his lectures on mathematics, puzzles and the history of mathematics. A self-described “metagrobologist” (one who makes or solves puzzles), he is most famous for his solution to the Rubik's Cube and his books: Notes on Rubik's magic cube, Handbook of Cubik Math, Rubik's Cube Compendium and his huge personal collection of mechanical puzzles and books of brain teasers.

The Chester Beatty Library holds one of the world’s finest collections of Eastern and Middle Eastern manuscripts, rare books and other items. The library is in the grounds of Dublin Castle.

Booking with Lisa Fitzsimons, Chester Beatty Library: 01 4070779