An etching of a Tower of Hanoi puzzle -- a series of disc, getting progressively smaller as they're placed on a rod.

Mathematics Seminar looks at ‘Tower of Hanoi’

At this month’s Mathematics Seminar, instructor Sang Lee will look at the Tower of Hanoi puzzle.

In 1883, Édouard Lucas, working under the pseudonym M. Claus, created a puzzle that may have been inspired by an ancient legend. Anyone who attempts to solve this puzzle will notice the need for logical thinking and pattern recognition, which means mathematics is close at hand! Sang will discuss various aspects of this mathematics and related applications.

Regardless of your puzzle-solving ability or mathematics background, you are encouraged to attend the seminar, which will be held 3-4 p.m. Feb. 23 in room 101 of Cook. Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m., and Tower of Hanoi puzzles will be available for those attending the seminar.

 

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