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May 14, 2010
Math connections
MATH, ART AND LIFE:
a morning of unusual mathematical connections

May 14-15, 2010
Discrete Mathematics Days 2010
Carleton University

Organizers:
Brett Stevens,Carleton University
Lucia Moura, University of Ottawa
Friday 14 May
08:45-10:40
Minto Bell Theatre
08:45-09:00
refreshments and open remarks
09:00-09:25
Angelo Mingarelli: Leonardo da Vinci
09:25-09:50
Brett Stevens: Combinations and Order in Beckett's early novel “Watt”
09:50-10:15
Maureen Pytlik: Group Theory & Musical Composition: The Structure of Xenakis' Nomos Alpha
10:15-10:40
Lerna Pehlivan: Mathematics and Card Shuffling
10:40-11:00
move to Azrieli Theatre 101
11:00-13:00 Azrieli Theatre 101
11:00-12:00
Invited Lecture by Jason Brown: A Hard Day's Math
12:00-13:00
Lunch
13:00-13:30
Transition to HP4351
13:30+ Herzberg Physics 4351
13:30-14:30 Invited Lecture by Joseph Cheriyan: Some open questions on k-connected graphs
14:30-15:00 Andrew Baker: Several Ways to Approach the Maximum Number of Runs Conjecture
15:00-15:30 Feng Xie: More Colourful Simplices
15:30-16:00: Shonda Gosselin: Paley-like uniform hypergraphs
16:00-17:00 Invited Lecture by Penny Haxell: Edge colouring multigraphs
17:00+ Dinner
Saturday May 15
09:00-17:00 Herzberg Physics 4351
09:00-10:00 Invited Lecture by Cathy Baker: Skolem sequences: from applications to existence and back
10:00-10:30 Andrea Burgess: Cycle decompositions of complete equipartite graphs with of size 3
10:30-11:00 Jason Lobb: Using Cover Starters to Create Covering Arrays
11:00-11:30 Sebatian Raaphorst: A Density-Based Algorithm for Variable Strength Covering Arrays
11:30-12:00 Robert Bailey: Generalized covering designs and clique coverings
12:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:00 Invited Lecture by Richard Wilson: Proportions of graphs in graph-designs; also packings and coverings
15:00-15:30 Timothy Walsh: Enumeration of Unrooted Orientable Maps of Arbitrary Genus by Number of Edges and Vertices
15:30-16:00 Masud Hasan: Equiprojective Polyhedra: Recent Advances and Future Directions
16:00-17:00 Invited Lecture by Gena Hahn: Cops and robbers on infinite graphs
   

MATH, ART AND LIFE
Amorning of unusual mathematical connections, as part of the Ottawa-Carleton Discrete Math Days

Featuring keynote speaker Prof. Jason Brown (Dalhousie University) with live music accompaniment.
A HARD DAY'S MATH
Connections between Mathematics and Music

Abstract: Mathematics and music are a match made in heaven.
The ancient Greeks elevated both to the same level, and even the most unschooled rock musician uses more mathematics than he or she realizes. In this talk I'll survey some of the most interesting connections between mathematics and music, including:
- trigonometric identities and tunings
- small fractions and musical intervals
- circular seating arrangements, scales and rhythm guitar
- derivation of the blues and graph colourings
- the musical art of being ambiguous (or not)
- musical and mathematical transformations
I'll end off the talk with a discussion of some application of mathematics I carried out on some musical mysteries surrounding The Beatles. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
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Jason I. Brown is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Dalhousie University, and has written over 60 research articles. His work that used mathematics to uncover mysteries surrounding the music of the Beatles has garnered worldwide attention, including national and international newspapers, CBC, BBC and NPR radio, Guitar Player magazine, and the web sites of Wired and the Wall Street Journal. His new book, "Our Days Are Numbered", explains how mathematics can make life not only more interesting and meaningful, but all of us more creative.

 

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