I first met Robin Hirsch, the proprietor of Cornelia Street Café, through Entertaining Science – a wonderful series hosted by Roald Hoffmann. At that time, I was asked to perform Darwin-inspired magic by Jonathan Weiner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer (and, more importantly… the brother of my old roommate Eric Weiner). Ever since then, I have been a big fan of Roald, Robin, the Café and its programs.
Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of presenting an evening titled ‘Show & Tell’ at the Café, featuring famed Princeton mathematician John Horton Conway, his son Gareth, and artist Katrin Sigurdardottir. John explained how to make magic squares and taught the audience how to solve the day/date problem, 9-year old Gareth recited the first 193 digits of Pi (amazing!), and Katrin showed us her art, and spoke about her two beautiful pieces currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
We had a standing-room only crowd, with some people having to watch the event upstairs over a live video feed. Thank you all for coming out on such a cold night!
John Conway’s office; Katrin Sigurdardottir at the Met;
Katrin in Iceland; John and Gareth Conway with yours truly
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