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Pi Day Pi K - March 13, 2016

Are you a Pi enthusiast? Would you like to take a walk on a lovely March day with fellow Pi enthusiasts?Join us in celebrating Pi Day!

Pi K for Pi Day!

The UA Department of Mathematical Sciences, with the assistance and support of the UA Math Club, is planning a fun walk of Pi K (3.14 km) for Pi Day (March 14, 2016). 

While the walk itself will begin promptly at 3:14 pm, there is a mandatory pre-walk meeting at 3:00 pm! Meet us at the start line! The start line will be located at the entrance to Champions Hall (the new building at the corner of Dickson and Duncan and home to the MRTC). 

The 3.14 km route features a tour of our beautiful UA campus and incorporates interesting Pi points (fun facts) along the way! Besides fun facts about Pi and a great deal of fun in general, t-shirts for all registered participants await! 

So, join us in celebrating Pi Day with our first-ever Pi K Fun Walk! Meet us in front of Champions Hall at 3:00 pm for a pre-walk meeting and, then, the real fun will begin! 
UA Pi Day Pi K (3.14 km) on March 14, 2016 (03/14) @ 3:14 pm 

And tell your friends! There are only 100 spots!

For questions, contact Samantha Robinson ( or Jennifer Paulk (

John H. Conway gives talk on "The Free Will Theorem" - April 7, 2016

The two theories that revolutionized physics in the twentieth century, relativity and quantum mechanics, are full of predictions that defy common sense. Recently, Conway and Simon Kochen used three such paradoxical ideas to prove "The Free Will Theorem," the culmination of a series of theorems about quantum mechanics that began in the 1960s. it asserts, roughly, that if indeed we humans have free will, then elementary particles already have their own small share of this valuable commodity!

More precisely, if the experimenter can freely choose the directions in which to orient his apparatus in a certain measurement, then the particle's response is not determined by the entire previous history of the universe.

John H. Conway, subject of the recent biography Genius at Play, is the John von Neumann Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Fellow of the Royal Society. Inventor of the Game of Life. Discoverer of the Surreal Numbers and the Baby Monster Group. Free Will Theorem Prover. Knot Enumerator and Pencil Weaver... et cetera, et cetra, ad infinitum.

Born in Liverpool, England in 1937, Dr. John Horton Conway has since made vast achievements in the field of mathematics; most notably in the study of finite groups, number theory, game theory, coding theory, tiling, and knot theory. After being accepted in 1957, Conway went on to receive his B.A. in 1959 and Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Cambridge. While being a lecturer in pure mathematics (1962-1975), reader (1957-1983), and professor (1983-1987) at the University of Cambridge, Conway later moved on to Preston University in 1987 where he became a von Neuman Professor of Mathematics.

From there on, Conway has worked with fellow professors and instructors and has published hundreds of independent and joint works; notably The Symmetries of Things (2008) with Heidi Burgiel of Bridgewater State University and Chaim Goodman-Strauss of the University of Arkansas. Conway has also been the recipient of the Pólya Prize from the London Mathematical Society in 1987, the Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics from Northwestern University in 1998, and the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition from the American Mathematical Society in 2000. For the contributions made in his areas of study, Conway was elected into the Royal Society of London in 1981.

Now an emeriti, Conway has made – and continues to make – lasting impressions on the mathematical community with his contributions of “surreal numbers,” Conway 24-Dimensional symmetry group, Monster 883-dimensional group, and many other achievements and games including, his own, the Game of Life. Recently, Conway has been working with Simon Kochen of Princeton University to formulate a Free Will Theorem, which connects human free will with the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox in quantum mechanics.

Presently, Conway is flying back from Atlanta, Georgia from where he and Goodman-Strauss will attend “Gathering for Gardner” (G4G) being held March 30th to April 3rd. Before passing in 2010, Martin Gardner made various contributions to the broad field of mathematics, inspiring and influencing many throughout the mathematics community. From this inspiration, Tom Rodgers founded the G4G Foundation and the biannual weekend event in January 1993. Since then, G4G has had 12 conferences that attract magicians, mathematicians, skeptics, philosophers, puzzle enthusiasts, and the general public, all united by a shared enthusiasm for the work of Martin Gardner.

Newswire Article April 01, 2016

 Arkansas Women in Statistics and Mathematics (AWSM) presents Q&A with Babara Alexander Stiles

AWSM logoBarbara Alexander Stiles is a UofA Distinguished Alumni who has been invited to give a Q&A by the Arkansas Women in Statistics and Mathematics (AWSM). Stiles is on the Board of Directors for several distinguished businesses, including Qualcomm, Inc.

The lecture will take place in SCEN 350 on September 15 at 3:00 pm.