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

Age Level

11-13 14-18 18+
3:15pm - 4:00pm

A Fine Art of Problem Solving: How Mathematicians Use Braids to Save the Day and Take Over the World, 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).

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


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

Presented by:

Nancy Scherich

University of California, Santa Barbara

Nancy Scherich is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara working on her Ph.D. in mathematics. She has been a dancer for her entire life, and recently…