In what ways do game-winning strategies and math intersect? In this master class, mathematician Japheth Wood shares how mathematics can provide incredible analytical tools to gain insight into game strategies. Conversely, games can spark the discovery of new mathematics, or offer surprising new realms to imagine well-understood theories. Together, we'll investigate the perfect-knowledge two-player game Nim, as well as other games where chance is not an issue, and discuss the mathematics hidden underneath.
Japheth Wood is a mathematician engaged in the mathematical education of students at many levels. At Bard College since 2006, Japheth is the director of quantitative literacy and a continuing associate professor of mathematics. Japheth has also taught with the Bard MAT Program and the Bard Prison Initiative. Japheth directs the Bard Math Circle, and is the lead coach for the Upstate New York math team.