Cincinnati: final day

Workout notes: am: easy but deliberate 4 mile walk (across the bridge). PM: about 30 minutes with weight machines, dumbbells, planks. This was to “keep the motion”, so to speak.

Today: I attended the 3 hour Math and Sports session and really enjoyed it. Oh yes, I talked too (about NBA free throw shooting streaks).

Later, I made the final talk of the day: it was about recreational math (which has some serious, non-trivial problems and fun interpretations.

Here are some photos and my comments:

Yes, I often buy a book that I’ll end up not having time enough to read.

I do find good food.

Recreational mathematics: how quickly can puzzles be solved?

Yes, the solution is NP complete. My mom bought me one of these.

Yes, checkers IS completely of recently.

A list of some of the stuff the speaker covered.  The art made from straight strings was fascinating.

Sports and math: talk 1. I am intently listening.

Is there a way of seeding a tournament so that no higher seeded team would want to swap places with a lower seeded one?

Ice skating and the mathematics of solving the associated physics problem

Some baseball strategy. Yes, the “new school” works better than the “old school.”

How does one rank teams, especially if there is a tie in record and you have round robin results such as:  Illinois 55, Minnesota 31, Minnesota 41, Purdue 10, then Purdue 46, Illinois 7? (yes, this happened in 2018).

So did this: Minnesota 37 Wisconsin 15, Wisconsin 49, Illinois 20 and, well, we’ve been through that.

One method: introduce a new node “oracle” and use eigenvectors of the adjacency matrix of the associated directed graph.

This was my audience for talk no. 3 of the session. I enjoyed myself.

Mathfest days 1-2: talks

I’ll post slides and give a blurb about what i got out of the talk.

The first talk dealt with uncertainty; some of it was human reaction to it, some of it was the various types of noise (yes, not all noise is purely random; white, pink and..brown noise?)   This would have been a good talk to have heard before teaching time series.

Its relation to music was brought up. And yes, noise can actually enhance stability!

Next was the first part of a series of 3 talks.

The first part: given an analytic function where f(0) = 0, f'(0) = \lambda is there a change of coordinates that turns this into a linear function?  Answer: yes, if |\lambda| \neq 1, |\lambda| \neq 0 . But if |\lambda| = 1 the fun starts. One can rule out lambda being a root of unity. But that is where is gets complicated.

Next came a talk on game theory and Nash equilibriums.

this slide shows a funny “paradox”.  The spring shows one thing. Now look at the diagram in the lower right hand corner. Imagine having 100 cars at S trying to get to T. Upper route: second route takes 1 hour; first route is total number of cars on that route divided by 100 hours.  Lower route: just the opposite (1 hour first leg, total no of cars divided by 100 hours for the second route. Now if cars were just assigned 50 top, 50 bottom, then every driver takes 1.5 hours, period.

Now put in a zero time route from the top to the bottom (one way). Each car in the top can reduce its time by taking that short cut.  but if ALL of them do…then each of them would EVENTUALLY take 1.5 hours as before, (because all of them take this short cut hoping to avoid their 1 hour leg) but the bottom saps are now saddled with a 2 hour overall, opening this made things WORSE for everyone.

Cryptography talk: in the “tree image”, there is a cat there; you can barely make it out by tilting your screen.

The above are from some of the other talks; there is quite a bit of math there.

We also had a “geometry of check number” talk and a talk about encryption ..and yes…you can use a linear regression principle to encrypt.  Think about the message being a perfect regression line, and the encryption being the adding of errors. If you are working in the real numbers, a least square fit gives the message. Now use this principle with, say, a different field.

Day two: second lecture: about curves …complex curves which are really surfaces.

Can you identify a polynomial, say, z^2 + c by the closure of its periodic and preperiodic (finite orbit) points?  If you superimpose the Julia sets, you do get overlap but they might not correspond to common periodic points.

Ok, a bit of topology and symplectic geometry. The latter is interesting stuff; here you worry about volume invariants.

Yes, I’ve studied two of these objects in detail

Cincinnati: first two days (running and social)

I got in late Wednesday night; slept in a bit. There was a Trump rally near my hotel but I decided against going; I did see his motorcade go past my hotel.
I attempted a run/walk along the hotel’s suggested route, but much was cut off and it was HOT..and I had not drank enough water. So I jogged about 22 minutes and walked it back for about 40-42 minutes worth and had a leisurely dinner of mac and cheese with brisket meat. It was good.

Today: I drank a lot of water and felt better. Jogged 5 miles in the morning (56:43; 28:33 out, 28:10 back) and felt ok. Walked 5 miles (same route) in the evening and took photos.


NOT the run:

After this morning’s run

Day one.

Day two.

Lots of empty seats for the second part of a 3 part lecture series. Math just isn’t that popular at MathFest…it is all about trying to make math more popular and the nuances of teaching, course planning, etc.

Now for the run:

The start: 5’th and Elm. Run down Elm toward Paul Brown Stadium (where the Bengals play)

Ferris wheel and the photo doesn’t do the bridge justice

Note the swings looking in the distance:  they were setting up for Beer Fest.

Ohio River Trail

Great American Ballpark; where the Reds play

Near the baseball stadium

Paddle wheel. Off to the left is the arena that held the Trump rally.

You follow the trolley lines for a while.

Here you have some choices as you do the whole way.

The Roman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.

Note the entrance.

Outdoor theater.


Circle of flags

Lots of gardens along the way

Friendship Circle, I think.

See the tower in the background? You loop around that to make 5 miles (8 km)

Mirrors in the garden. Yes, you can see me.

Bridge going the other way.

Portion of this has a brick representing 1,000,000 years along with a depiction of animal life during that period.

Yes, THAT Larry Flynt.