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LABS: Puzzles, Challenges and Advanced Mathematics

May 18 @ 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Saturday, May 18th • 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, California 91101
Grade Level: 7-12
Cost: $50 (Staff will invoice for payment after registration.)

In a certain town lives a barber. He cuts the hair of every man in town who does not cut his own hair. He does not cut anyone else’s hair. Does the barber cut his own hair?

Not only are brain-teasers entertaining in their own right, each represents a gateway to a field of advanced mathematics. In this workshop, we’ll delve into challenges that will lead us into discussions of graph theory, number theory, set theory, knot theory, and more. In some cases, these will bring us right up to current research into unsolved problems. Students should come prepared to actively work on the puzzles, prepared to draw pictures, and prepared to think. BYOB (Bring Your Own Brain).

About the Speaker

Dr. Mike Krebs (or “Quimby,” as he’s known to many of his students) has taught math at the middle school, high school, and university level for over 20 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pomona College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). He is currently a professor in the Mathematics Department at Cal State LA, where he has been teaching for over a decade. He has published research articles in low-dimensional topology; graph theory with applications in computer science; group theory; and the combinatorics of Sudoku. (One could say that he specializes in miscellaneous.) His current research is in geometric graph theory, a field rich with easy-to-state but not-yet-solved problems.


May 18
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM


IEA Learning Center
540 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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