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Last day to register for LogiCON 2013

Posted May 03, 2013

If you have friends or family who are planning to go to LogiCON but haven't registered yet, let them know they have till 5pm tonight to register.

More attendees have registered for LogiCON 2013 than there were attendees at LogiCON 2012! While you do not have to register to attend, registered attendees will be favoured for seating based on the honour system.

Only registered attendees are eligible for the registration prize draw.

Presentation Highlight: Gödel’s Incompleteness by Remkes Kooistra

Posted May 03, 2013

LogiCON 2013 talks math!

Remkes Kooistra is the second of two speakers in the Math Block at LogiCON 2013, which runs from 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday May 5th. Remkes is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the King’s University College. He received his Ph. D. in July 2011 from the University of Alberta, after also studying at the Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands. He travels most often by bicycle, drinks a great deal of tea, and approves of the serial comma.

In 1931, Kurt Gödel published his two Incompleteness theorems, thus proving that the great goal of a perfect logical system of mathematics was impossibly illusive. What was the great insight that led Gödel to this result? Why did Bertrand Russell and David Hilbert care so much about it? Does mathematics have a secure basis and is it trustworthy? What reflections does this result inspire concerning the general human need for and reliance on logical thinking? These questions and more are tackled in this presentation that assumes no advanced mathematical knowledge or skill.

Presentation Highlight: Group Theory by Paul Buckingham

Posted May 03, 2013

LogiCON 2013 talks math!

Paul Buckingham is the first of two speakers in the Math Block at LogiCON 2013, which runs from 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday May 5th. Paul is a postdoctoral fellow in number theory at the University of Alberta. His research considers the ways symmetry plays a role in our understanding of numbers, a key goal being to spot uniformity in the apparent complexity of numbers. Keen to promote interest in number theory in Alberta, Paul has co-organized a province-wide conference and seminar series in prominent aspects of the subject.

In this hour-long talk, Paul shares his expertise in group theory. Groups come into play whenever you want to string together sequences of reversible operations or instructions. For example, the instructions might be the moves of certain chess pieces on an infinite chess board. Some pieces can go everywhere on the board, given enough moves: the queen, king, rook, and knight. On the other hand, the orbit of the poor bishop, who can only move diagonally, consists of only half the squares. The notion of an orbit — where a sequence of instructions can take you — allows group theorists to find the number of essentially different Sudoku grids and the number of Rubik's Cube configurations, for example. In this talk, you will discover what groups are and how to use them to discover some simple but surprising facts.

Presentation Highlight: A Missing Chunk of Our Universe by Rhys Chouinard

Posted May 01, 2013

LogiCON 2013 talks physics!

Rhys Chouinard is a Master of Science in Particle-Astrophysics who works as a Research Assistant in the Department of Physics. Over the last few years he has been working on building one of the world's largest direct detection dark matter experiments in North American's deepest underground science laboratory, SNOLAB near Sudbury Ontario. He also helps teach the undergraduate Experimental Physics classes at the University of Alberta, where he helps train the next generation of great physicists. Although his specialization is in detecting particles from space, he is passionate about all types of physics, be it nano, particle, astro, or condensed matter.

In his talk, Rhys discusses one of the most highly misunderstood topics in physics: the elusive and mysterious "dark matter". The last 80 years worth of astrophysical data suggests we only understand a small fraction of our entire Universe. Dark matter makes up a large portion of this "missing" component of the Universe. His presentation gives an overview some of the evidences for dark matter, and explains some of the possible dark matter candidates. He then outlines the three methods that scientists are using to try to detect dark matter on Earth.

Presentation Highlight: Mysteries from the Frontiers of Physics by Ross Lockwood

Posted May 01, 2013

LogiCON 2013 talks physics!

Ross Lockwood is a PhD Candidate in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on light emission from silicon quantum dots; characterizing the mechanism of sensory response to hydrocarbon vapors and explosive gases. Ross was a Teaching Assistant at the University of Alberta Observatory for 4 years, a volunteer for the University's High Altitude Balloon Project, the founding member of the Overheard at the University of Alberta Facebook group, and an executive member of the University's Scuba Appreciation Society. He writes a blog at spincrisis.net, and tweets from @spincrisis.

In the late 19th century, physicists believed that all of the problems arising from classical physics were solved; only a few decades later modern theory emerged. In today’s world, popular science fixates on the notion that experimental results are converging towards well-established theories. However, many small problems crop up on every scale of physics that aren’t broadly reported. In his talk Ross discusses these mysteries and why their current explanations don’t quite match our understanding of the universe.