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! A Liverpool Mathematical Society Event:

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* *Date:* 19 Dec, 2016

* *Time:* 14:00-15:00

* *Presenter:* Colin Wright

* *Title:* The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURE: Patterns and Predictions

* *Audience:* 16+

* *Venue:* Lecture Theatre B, Central Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool L69 7BX

* *Contact:* Peter Giblin

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This talk starts with some seductively obvious

patterns that seem successfully to predict the

future, but then goes on to show that not all

patterns are trustworthy.

We start with simple arithmetic sequences, and

talk briefly about why we claim a sequence "should"

continue in a particular way. Then we look at a

specific problem and look at the sequence it

generates, only to discover that it's not the

sequence we expect.

In an apparent shift of topic we then look at

Morse Code, and look for patterns in how it's

designed, and some implications. Oddly enough,

both the doubling sequence (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, ...)

and the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, ...)

arise naturally.

We finish by going meta, and using a pattern of

patterns to predict the existence of Juggling

Patterns.

For more information about the lecture see

http://www.solipsys.co.uk/new/PatternsAndPredictions.html