ROME, March 14—If you thought mathematical puzzles were nothing more than the preferred torture weapons of overzealous high school Algebra teachers, one festival happening in Rome this weekend may change your mind.
The second annual Festival
of Mathematics at the Auditorium Parco della Musica kicked off
yesterday morning with a day full of mathematics games, shows, and
lectures. Bright minds of all ages crowded around staff members who
engaged the audience with riddles and demonstrations.
The festival will continue through Sunday when John Nash, Nobel Memorial Prize winner and subject of the academy award winning film “A Beautiful Mind” will speak on game theory and living with schizophrenia. Each day, topics ranging from “math with superheroes” to “math and magic” will present a new way to look at the subject.