Session: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, game
Processing assembly Assembly:Curry Club Augsburg
Person organizing Iblech, MatthiasHu
Language en - English
en - English
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Starts at 2019/12/29 00:00
Ends at 2019/12/29 00:40
Duration 40 minutes
Location Room:Lecture room M1

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)!