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"Math in the Movies" at Science Cafe February 1

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“Math in the Movies” will be discussed by St. Lawrence University Mathematics Professor Sam Vandervelde at the next Science Café at La Casbah, 6 Elm Street in Potsdam, on Wednesday, February 1, at 7:15 p.m.

Sam VanderveldeThe movie A Beautiful Mind, which won four Oscars in 2001, tells the romanticized story of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician whose work in economic game theory won him the Nobel Prize in 1994.

Join Vandervelde for a lively discussion as he conducts a game-play simulation to illustrate Nash equilibria and explains why it pays to bluff in poker, among other things.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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