Syllabus for Math 90
John Conway's Work in Popular Mathematics
MWF, 1:10-2:00, XS 303
Professor Don Davis
is a Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. He has done
much important work in esoteric pure mathematics such as group theory.
But he has also had many innovative ideas in popular or recreational
mathematics, such as his Game of
Theory of Games, and his "Look-and-say"
sequence. This seminar will focus on his ideas in popular
mathematics. Other of his ideas that should be discussed are surreal numbers
and Fractran. The
are high school mathematics and a curiosity about mathematical ideas.
- XS 332, 83756, dmd1
- Office hours: TThF 2:30-3:30
The closest thing to a text is Winning Ways for your Mathematical
Plays by Berlekamp, Conway, and Guy. As it is split into four
volumes, and we will not use it a lot,
students are not required to purchase it. It will be available on
reserve in the Fairchild Library, and the e-version
Your grade will be based 20% on a midterm exam, 35% on a final exam,
and 45% on a combination of class attendance/participation, homework,
and possible projects or presentations.