Gardner


ltr. From left to right and top to bottom: Leoni Winschermann, Els Hoekstra, Pepijn Hulsbergen, Dirk van Bree, Isis Marsman, Luc Sol, Inge Mos, Luc Koenen, Marianka Rinner, Ron Kuijten and Loes van Leeuwen.

Until 2002 this committee was called ‘Noviomathics, which is a concatenation of Noviomagus (the latin name of Nijmegen) and mathematics. With this english name, the committee was supposed to have a more dynamic image. This was the committee that made contact, and kept contact, with companies, and organies excursions to various companies. Also, the first BBB (the beta business market) was organised in 1987 by this committee, together with the other study associations.

In 2002 the general assembly decided that the name was to be changed to Gardner, as the original name was not in line with the names of the other committees.

Martin Gardner played a very important role in popularising mathematics. In his column in Scientific American he showed many of his readers the beauty of mathematics, and he inspired many to study mathematics

Excursions

Normally Gardner organises excursions to companies a couple of times each year, where students could end up after their study. The excursions are preferably set up in such a way that they are specifically aimed at mathematics students, so they can form a clearer vision of what they can do after their studies. Usually, employees who studied mathematics give a lecture on their company. Such an excursion can be organised in conjunction with other (mathematics) study associations.

Lecturers

Next to this, Gardner organises lectures. The aim is to have these once a month. Aside from students many teachers and other staffmembers attend these. The subject of these lectures may vary from the Banach-Tarski paradox to applications of mathematics in music to anything topical concerned with mathematics.

Parents-day

About once a year Gardner organises a day for parents. During this day parents, family, or acquaintances can get to know mathematics, and also with Desda. On such a day multiple lectures are held, without any entrance level, so everyone will be able to follow along. The day is finished with drinks in the canteen.

MathematiCie

The aim of the MathematiCie is to support mathematics as a hobby. This subcommittee of Gardner organizes recreational mathematical events, like scavenger hunts and puzzle tournaments

Gardner has the following members:

  • Luc Sol – head
  • Els Hoekstra
  • Pepijn Hulsbergen
  • Loes van Leeuwen
  • Marianka Rinner
  • Coen van Tilburg
  • Leoni Winschermann

Gardner is available via gardner@math.ru.nl.

MathematiCie has the following members:

  • Rebecca Bergevoet – head
  • Jelmer Hinssen
  • Pepijn Hulsbergen
  • Eline de Jager
  • Bas van der Linden
  • Daan van Sonsbeek

MathematiCie is available via mathematicie@desda.org