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Mathematical Sciences

Math Colloquium

Date: 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST March 5, 2014 Location: JR Howard Hall 132

JR Howard Hall 132

Designer Board Games for the Interested Mathematician

Speaker:  Josh Laison, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Willamette University


In recent years “designer” board games (so called because the designer’s name is printed on the box) have seen an explosion of popularity, in part because of their availability in big box stores, and in electronic form on tablet computers.  Many of these games have a mathematical component in their design, mechanisms, or strategy.  In this talk we’ll give several examples of designer board games, and the mathematical ideas behind them.