MathFest, the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America which “offers a substantial mathematical program that promises to be informative, inspiring, and productive”, will take place from 2nd-4th August in Madison, Wisconsin. This promises

Educational Programs, Informative Sessions, Dynamic Exhibits, Memorable Collaborations, Engaging Meetings, Special Events and Activities, Plenty of Mathematics FUN, …and Much more!

The early-bird and regular registration periods have passed, but you can still register at the slightly-increased late rate, from \$60 for graduate/undergraduate students up to \$350 for members of the MAA.

Find out more: MAA MathFest 2012.

@CardColm

Going to MAAthfest in Madison? If you like mathematics and magic with playing cards, please consider my minicourse on this very topic: http://www.maa.org/mathfest/minicourses.html#mc3

The material can be used to liven up many mathematics classes and provides jumping- off points for undergraduate independent study.

A special feature will be examples of “two-person mathemagic,” in which communication is done via nontrivial preagreed mathematical conventions. For instance, see Erdos numbers in action in my “(Smells like) Team Spirit” effect: http://www.ams.org/samplings/feature-column/fcarc-mulcahy7