MATC Mathematics Club
Lecture #99

Madison Area Technical College
Madison, Wisconsin


Spring 2009 Presentation #99 (October 29, 2010)

Professor Richard Brualdi, UW-Madison

"A Combinatorial Coloring Book"

Abstract: Combinatorial problems, puzzles (like Sudoku), and games can often be regarded as coloring problems: assigning colors to underlying objects where the coloring is required to satisfy certain properties. In this talk we will discuss some basic underlying and elementary ideas and relate them to some puzzles and games

Biography: Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1964. Areas of Specialization: Combinatorics, Graph Theory, Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory, Academic Position: University of Wisconsin - Madison since 1965; Chair of the Mathematics Department, 1993-1999; UWF Beckwith Bascom Professor of Mathematics, 2004-2008. Emeritus 2008-present Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at UW-Madison (1986). Euler Medal (2000) for a lifetime career of distinguished contributions to combinatorial research by a member of The Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications (ICA); International Linear Algebra (ILAS) Prize (2005) for lifetime contributions. An editor-in-Chief of the journal Linear Algebra and Its Applications, 1979-present; An editor-in-chief of the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, 2001-present


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