Open Day at MSI: 31 August

Publication date
Friday, 23 Aug 2019

From spaghetti trigonometry to the mathematics of earthquakes, this year MSI has a full program of activities that are suitable for all ages and interests. See our program below and join the fun!

MSI Building tours:

Come and visit the Hanna Neumann Building, home of the Mathematical Sciences institute and winner of three architectural prizes. Our staff will guide you through the different facilities and explain some of the features of this building. This might include unlocking a hidden puzzle!

Each tour will leave from the Corner of North Road and University Avenue.

See our timetable below:

  • 9.30am to 10am
  • 11.30am to 12pm
  • 1.30pm to 2pm
  • 3.30pm to 4pm


Hanna Neumann Building - SR 1.33 & 1.37

9.30 - 10am  50/50, CECS
10 - 11am Nim and tiles
Presenter: Uri Onn, MSI
11- 11.30am

ANU Rocketry, CECS

11.30 - 12pm Robogals, CECS
12 - 1pm

Presenter: Katharine Turner, MSI

1 - 2pm Spaghetti Trigonometry
Presenter: Matthew Hole 

2 - 2.30pm


2.30 - 3pm

ANU Rocketry, CECS


Engineers without borders, CECS


Hanna Neumann Bldg - Inmersion activities

Mathematics of earthquakes

Location: Hanna Neumann Blg, Lab 1.23
Time: 10- 11am
Presenter: Kenneth Duru, MSI

You will make a mathematical model of an earthquake rupture in 1D/2D, that is frictional sliding between two elastic solids using a Python jupyter notebook to solve it. You will play with frictional parameters, and create interesting earthquake ruptures.

What is the sum of 1/1 + 1/4 + 1/9 + 1/16 + …

Location: Hanna Neumann Blg, Lab 1.58
Time: 11- 12pm
Presenter: Jim Borger, MSI

Hear the story of this question and its remarkable answer (which amazingly involves pi=3.14...). This will take us to the theory of prime numbers and the Riemann Hypothesis, perhaps the most important unsolved question in mathematics. No knowledge of university-level mathematics will be required!

Frequency analysis

Location: Hanna Neumann Blg, Lab 1.58
Time: 2- 3pm
Presenter: Abhishek Bhardwaj, MSI

This session offers a taste of mathematics being used in the real world.  You'll see how some basic principles from games like Hangman can decipher sophisticated secret codes, and how 'silly' things like counting backwards can beat the system! Come and see where maths can take you!


STEM kids area 

Relax and grab a coffee and a bite to eat at the lawns of University Avenue with the little ones! There will be Giant Jenga, Giant Connect 4, Giant Snakes and Ladders, Giant Building Block and Giant Hop scotch, as well as facepainting, bubbles and maths games.