## Could Shakespeare Have Calculated the Odds in Hamlet’s Wager?

During Act V, Scene 2 of Hamlet, Hamlet’s uncle Cladius wagers that Hamlet will win in a duel with Laertes. In order to make sure that Hamlet participates, Cladius “places … Continue reading

## The Difficulties of Folding a Map

A rectangular map is a rectangular piece of paper folded along horizontal and vertical, evenly-spaced lines forming an matrix of new identical rectangles. Creating a Map of Arbitrary Dimensions An interesting … Continue reading

## Two Problems Concerning Dice

The following are two of my favorite recreational math problems. The first time that I encountered this problem was in Béla Bollobás’s book, The Art of Mathematics: Coffee Time in Memphis, which is … Continue reading

## Quarter Partitioning

The following problem was first posed to me by a fellow grad student, Elyse Yeager, at the University of Illinois. You are sitting in front of a table, both blindfolded … Continue reading