2019 Festival: A Fine Art of Problem Solving (13:15pm showing) | National Math Festival
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2019 Festival: A Fine Art of Problem Solving (13:15pm showing)

Saturday May 4, 2019 from 3:15pm - 4:00pm ET

How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day, One Ribbon at a Time

People all around the world love braiding: weavers, hairdressers…and even mathematicians! Meet mathematician Nancy Scherich to learn how she uses dance to teach the mathematics of braids. Scherich was the 2017 winner of the annual Dance Your Ph.D. contest organized by Science Magazine and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This presentation repeats the session taking place from 12:45-1:30pm.

Image element credit: Claudio Rocchini, CC-BY 2.5 License

Room 201, Level 2, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Nancy Scherich

Nancy Scherich is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara working on her Ph.D. in mathematics. She has... Learn more