# 2017 Festival: Dr. James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America

### Dr. James Tanton, Mathematical Association of America

The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes **Dr. James Tanton** to the 2017 National Math Festival!

James Tanton (PhD, Princeton 1994, mathematics) is an education consultant and an ambassador for the Mathematical Association of America in Washington D.C., currently serving as their Mathematician-at-Large. He has taught mathematics both at university and high-school institutions. Tanton is absolutely committed to sharing joyful and beautiful mathematical thinking and doing with all. He writes books and articles, he advises on curriculum, he consults with teachers and gives demonstration classes across the globe, he designs and teaches graduate education courses, he gives public outreach lectures, and he works with students of all ages and backgrounds to experience the wonder of mathematics. See his sites at jamestanton.com and gdaymath.com and the Global Math Week site for more.

### Exploding Dots: A Preview to Global Math Week 2017

Dr. James Tanton says: “Here is a story that isn’t true. When I was a young child I invented a machine (*not true*) that was nothing more than a series of boxes that could hold dots. And these dots would, upon certain actions, explode. And with this machine (*in this non-true story*) I realized that I could explain true things! I could explain all the mathematics of arithmetic I learnt in grade school (*true*), all the of the polynomial algebra I was to learn in high-school (*true*), elements of calculus and number theory I was to learn in university (*true*), and explore unanswered research questions mathematicians are studying today (*also true*)!”

Come with pencil and paper in hand, and possibly an extra pair of socks—this lecture will knock yours right off!

**UPDATE 4/19/2017: Dr. Raj Shah**, a charter member of the Global Math Project and Exploding Dots expert, presented this talk in lieu of Dr. James Tanton, who was unwell and unable to participate in the National Math Festival.