BMPL Dr Allan Lo

Wednesday 15 February 2017 (19:30-20:30)

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'Sudoku - a special Latin square'

Dr Allan Lo


A Sudoku is a mathematical puzzle appearing in many newspapers. The objective is to fill a 9×9 grid with numbers 1,2,..,9 such that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3×3 subgrids contains every number precisely once. While completing these puzzles is fun and challenging, there are many related mathematical results and applications. For instance, a completed Sudoku is an example of a Latin square, which has already been studied back in the 1770s. I will talk about the history of Latin squares as well as their influences in the modern society.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

The lectures are free of charge and in general there is no need to register. The lectures start at 7.30pm and last one hour, please arrive in the Watson building from 7pm onwards. 

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