# MathsJam Gathering 2016

This is a list of talks given at the 2016 MathsJam Weekend, along with a brief description and slides where we have them. There's also a Songbook of words from the MathsJamJam which happened in 2016.

## Saturday

### Session 1a : 14:15 - 15:02

#### Welcome to the MathsJam, 2016 - Colin Wright

#### Constructions with Obstructions - Colin Wright

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#### Name That Polynomial - David Bedford

David has devised a method to work out what polynomial you're thinking of, given only the knowledge that it's in a certain form and its value at two points.

#### More than one way to skin a cat - Alison Kiddle

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#### Bills of Mortality - Martyn Parker

Martyn's found some old lists of how and why people died, and is sharing it as an example of some amusing statistics.

### Session 1b : 15:25 - 16:12

#### Everything Old is New Again, Again - Adam Atkinson

Adam has discovered a story which involves some people misunderstanding how gravity works, and shares it with us as a cautionary tale.

#### Factorising A Large Semiprime When The Person Who Supplied It Has Been A Bit Careless - Phil Ramsden

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#### Wau - a constant more important than e or pi!!! - Derek Couzens

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#### Is there a perfect maths font? - Adam Townsend

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#### Mathematical Toddler Toys - Peter Rowlett

Peter has been trying to find mathematical toys for his small human, including a Hoberman Sphere, and a selection of good books including Julia Donaldson's Monkey Puzzle.

#### A mathematical card trick from Moscow's Olympiads - Jorge Nuno Silva

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### Session 1c : 16:35- 17:22

#### Jonathan Histed - Boomerangs

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#### Kathryn Taylor - Lucky Numbers

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#### Martin Owen - More effective strategies for experimenting

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#### Rogerio Martins - The (not so simple!) chain fountain

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#### Tarim - What is real?

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### Session 1d : 17:45 - 18:32

#### John Bibby - World Maths Year & the need for more maths t-shirts

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#### Michael Gibson - Guess Who missed a trick! (Turn and face the ternary)

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#### Ben Sparks - Eine kleine Mathmusik

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## Sunday

### Session 2a : 08:50 - 09:37

#### Callum Mulligan - Art and Mathematics: A tale of logic and creativity

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#### Robert Low - Arithmetic for the (three-fingered) mathematicia

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### Session 2b : 10:00 - 10:47

#### Gina Worth - Spirolaterals, maybe with a bit of time travel

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#### Nicholas Korpelainen - Alice and Bob eat some pizza

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#### Katie Steckles - Spreadsheet on my phone/Multiples of nine

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### Session 2c : 11:15 - 11:48

#### Noel France - Pillow Problem 49 and a cube of cheese

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### Session 2d : 12:06 - 12:39

#### Joel Haddley - How Many Pizzas?

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#### David Singmaster - The Problems of Abbot Albert, 13C

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#### Colin Beveridge - On the Chalkdust Crossnumber, straight lines, and projective geometry

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## More Detailed Abstracts

These are in the order talks were proposed, so you may need to use a search function to find the one you're looking for.