Culture Night – University of Copenhagen

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Culture Night 2017

Culture Night 2017

Department of Mathematical Sciences invites all to visit us for a night of mathematics, mysticism, paradoxes and games. Friday, 13 October 2017, from 18:00 to 24:00.

Culture Night is an evening each autumn where Copenhagen bustles with life, entertainment, sense experiences and adventures for children and adults of all ages. Museums, libraries, educational establishments, theatres, musical venues, churches and many other institutions representing art and culture will open their doors to the public.

Friday 13 October we will open the doors to the main hall and auditoriums of the H.C. Ørsted Institute - together with the departments of chemistry, computer science, biology and physics. We invite children, youth and adults to activities and lectures throughout the Culture Night. 

Our program 2017:

  • Math Race for pupils with fun math tasks 
  • Use your sense of logic in the Mystery Hunt 
  • Chess Corner 
  • Cube Cafe
  • Quantum Corner - cutting cakes and cirkles
  • Talks in Danish:
    • A new study shows ... About paradoxical conclusions (in Danish)
    • What does coloring have to do with mathematics? (in Danish)
    • (Im)possibility of Cake-Cutting (in English)
    • Games, uncertainty and mathematical modeling of (ir)rational behavior (in Danish)

Read more - in Danish

Culture Night in the past

From 2013 to 2015 the Department of Mathematical Sciences participated with a "Gaming Cafe" in the Botanical Garden. The audience heard about mathematical based winning strategies in sport games and board games. And then tried the strategies at the gaming tables in the cafe.

Many tried to improve their winning chances in Scrabble, Wordfeud, Roulette and the popular game “Pass the Pig”. (No animals were harmed...)

In 2015 we added the event "M3 = Musik, Math & Malerei (paintings)" in an auditorium nearby, where the german math professor and cellist Matthias Kreck (University of Bonn) talked about the beauty of prime numbers and played Schumann and Beethoven - accompanied by the Norwegian pianist Bjorn Jahren who is math professor at the University of Oslo. 

See the video from the Culture Night 2013.