Math Club
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 12:30PM, NAC 4113
Everyone (CCNY Math Club), Math Club SocialCome out and meet folks interested in math.
There will be food and refreshments!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 07:35AM, NAC 4113
Lou Marinoff (City College ), Professor of PhilosophyIn 1946, John von Neumann and Oscar Morgenstern created a new branch of mathematics with the publication of their Theory of Games and Economic Behavior. Among other things, the book provides analyses of rational choice in situations of risk or conflict of interest. Yet the authors also admit that “there is no satisfactory treatment of the question of rationality.”
This talk will explain why rationality cannot be satisfactorily treated. It presents a classic model of rational choice, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, and well as a derivative model, namely Newcomb’s problem. The talk will illustrate the richness and applicability of these models. It will also enlist the audience in realtime experiments that demonstrate inevitable divergencies of rational choice.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4113
Ethan Akin (City College), Professor of MathematicsWe are familiar with the idea that with interest rate r the discount at time t is exp(rt). I will explain why this actually doesn't work and describe what interest on money means.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:30PM, NAC 4113
Dr. McCloskey, Technical Director of the Mathematics Research Group (The National Security Agency), The National Security Agency: Job Opportunities and Research Problems in Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer ScienceJoe McCloskey is a career NSA mathematician. His informal talk will describe current job opportunities at the NSA in mathematics, statistics and computer science. He will also discuss some of the technical challenges and problems that exist at the NSA, and then describe some of the interesting problems that he has worked on during his career.

Friday, October 03, 2008, 11:00AM, 6/270 NAC
Professor Applegate, Informal Putnam PreparationWhile this is not formally a Math Club event, it will definitely be of interest to many of you.
The Putnam is a math competition. For more info checkout: http://math.scu.edu/putnam/
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