Wondrous Mathematics: Fun with transfinite games

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Description What's better than ordinary finite games? Transfinite games! Learn how these work, and how you win at them, in this hands-on workshop.
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Type Hands-On
Kids session No
Keyword(s) science
Tags mathematics, nim, infinity
Processing assembly Assembly:Curry Club Augsburg
Person organizing Iblech
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2018/12/29 18:30
Ends at 2018/12/29 19:10
Duration 40 minutes
Location Room:Seminar room 14-15

For reasons unknown, this session has evaporated from the calendar. This is to confirm that the session IS taking place, as announced here on the wiki.

What's better than ordinary finite games? Transfinite games, of course!

In this fast-paced talk with many hands-on parts, you will learn about:

  • Nim, a fun game played with a finite number of coins. Learn how to optimally play this game!
  • Numbers larger than infinity. (This will be a five-minute excerpt of the longer talk on infinite numbers.) After the talk, you can impress your friends by effortlessly computing with numbers larger than infinity!
  • Transfinite Nim, a fun variant of Nim which is played with infinitely many coins. And learn how to optimally play this game!
  • The epic battle of Herkula against the hydra. The hydra grows more and more heads, but with your knowledge of infinity you'll be able to fight it!
  • Transfinite variants of puzzles like: "I don't know which number you mean. – Neither do I know which number you mean. – Now I know your number. – And now I know yours as well."


Bring your kids (age 12 or older)!