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Puzzles

7 universities (including 2 schools outreach events) (2009-10).

There is a long history of puzzles and games and their interaction with mathematics. The talk will include a selection of puzzles through the ages: Starting in the ancient world of Egypt and Greece, going through the Renaissance, Euler's work in recreational mathematics, the popular acceptance of mathematical puzzles in the late 19th C. to the modern age of Rubik's and Sudoku.

I gave this talk at the following universities: York (05/05/2009); London School of Economics (02/11/2009); Newcastle (10/11/2009); Northumbria (12/11/2009); Edinburgh (26/11/2009).

I gave this talk to an audience of undergraduates and local sixth formers at the University of Liverpool (15/10/2009).

I gave a version of this talk at a schools outreach event at Cardiff University (09/03/2010). This included river crossing puzzles, sorites, magic squares and Rubik's cubes.