Talks and Workshops

Over 300 presentations and 40 workshops given in the past twenty-five years. Details available in CV. For example, in August 2009, Colm gave the MAA Lecture for Students to about 500 people at MathFest in Portland, Oregon, with a presentation entitled: "Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards on the Interval Between 5.700439718 and 80658175170943878571660636856403766975289505440883277824000000000000."

Available Talks

  • One, Two, Many (or a dozen reasons why mathematics isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3)
  • Mathemagic with a Deck of Cards
  • Fitch Cheney's Five Card Trick for Three Cards
    (based on Nov 2014 Math Horizons article)
  • An Introduction to Image Compression Using Wavelets
  • The Mathematics, Magic and Mystery of Martin Gardner
  • Classic Martin Gardner Puzzles
  • Research Inspired by Martin Gardner Questions
  • Martin Gardner: Skeptic Supreme
  • Celebration of Mind: Connecting Mathematics, Magic and Mystery
  • Mathematics Awareness Month 2014:
    "Mathematics, Magic, and Mystery"
  • An Introduction to Non-Euclidean Geometry
  • Mathematics--A Minority Interest? Countering `I Hate Math' for the Majority of Students

Notable invited talks

  • Northern Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Banquet,
    Springfield, VA, 8 May 2014
  • MoMath Family Friday,
    Museum of Mathematics, NY, NY, 11 Apr 2014
  • Invited Address, Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA,
    Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, 4 Apr 2014
  • MAA Lecture,
    Carriage House, Washington, DC, 1 Apr 2014
  • Banquet Address, MD/DC/VA Section of the MAA,
    Hampden-Sydney College, Farmville, Virginia, 1 Nov 2013
  • Banquet Speaker, 2012 Annual Meeting of the Michigan MAA and MichMATYC,
    Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan, 4 May 2012
  • 14th Annual George Kitchen Memorial Lecture,
    Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 3 May 2012
  • Sixth Annual Claude B. Dansby Lecture,
    Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, 21 Oct 2010
  • Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association / Mathematics Teachers of Tennessee Keynote Speaker,
    Northwest Fall Conference, Martin, Tennessee, 24 Sep 2010
  • MAA Lecture for Students, Mathfest 2009,
    Portland, Oregon, 6 Aug 2009
  • Banquet Speaker, MAA Alabama State Dinner,
    Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Alabama, 27 Feb 2009
  • BAMA (Bay Area Mathematical Adventures) Lecturer,
    19 Nov 2005

Available Workshops

  • Mathematical Card Magic
  • Basics of Cryptography
  • Curves and Surfaces of the Digital Age (CAGD)
  • Introduction to Image Compression Using Wavelets
  • A Hands-On Approach to Geometry
  • Introduction to Non-Euclidean Geometry
  • Quantitative Reasoning for 21st Century Citizens

Recent Appearances