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! A Liverpool Mathematical Society Event:

* *Date:* 19 Dec, 2016
* *Time:* 14:00-15:00 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

* No Door Charge: *No*Door*Charge:* _ The Liverpool Mathematical Society Christmas Lecture is free to everyone




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

For more information about the lecture see