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Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the University of Wyoming
"I had very high expectations for the game and it turned out to be even more fun and interesting than I had anticipated. It was just awesome!"
Neither snow, nor hail, nor thunder and lightning deterred eight students from playing Who Wants to Be a Mathematician at the University of Wyoming on March 29 in Laramie. Weather had been delightful a few days before the game, but a blizzard hit that day, closing all roads into Laramie. The students who played were those who were in town when the blizzard hit.
Pictured above, left to right:
(Not pictured: Erin Lockwood and Bob Weatherford, both of Laramie High School)
The morning began with a talk by Ken Ono (University of Wisconsin), Freeman Dyson's Challenge for the Future: The story of Ramanujan's mock theta functions. Ken told the audience about Ramanujan and his work, and about recent results by Kathrin Bringmann and him defining Ramanujan's mock theta functions. Ono also said that a film about Ramanujan should begin production soon.
The prizes won by all eight contestants follow.
Immediately after the game, the University was forced to close because of the weather.
The AMS thanks Bryan Shader and Siguna Mueller of the University's Department of Mathematics who made all the local arrangements for the game and had nice gifts for the participants; the National Science Foundation for the Distinguished Teaching Scholar's Grant held by Ken Ono which provided travel for this outreach event; and sponsors Texas Instruments, Maplesoft, and John Wiley and Sons for their support of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician.
that even those who know history are condemned to repeat it.
Photographs by Who Wants to Be a Mathematician judge and co-creator Bill Butterworth of the DePaul University Department of Mathematical Sciences, and AMS Public Awareness Officer Mike Breen (emcee).
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