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Mathematical Paradoxes

by

Professor Steve Bloom

May 14, 1998
5:00 pm
Bailey Hall 201

Refreshments at 4:45
Math Department Common Room


Abstract:

Start with a pea, cut it up a few times and mix it up. What do we have? A very small bowl of soup? No, mathematically, we can get a monstrosity large enough to bury all of Union and most of Schenectady too. If that bothers you, skip this talk. Over the years, I have collected dozens of mathematical curiosities and impossibilities. Want to predict the future? Easy. Want to start fights among your friends? Even easier. Following a mathematical argument to its logical conclusion can be quite treacherous. We go down roads that can't be, and sometimes prove that those very roads that we are traveling on can't exist. In the words of a famous mathematician, "What a long strange trip it's been."


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