# Recreational mathematics

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### Almost Integers and Pisot Numbers

Sometimes some non-integers like $e^{π} - π = 19.9990999791...$ are curiously close to integers. While often this is just a numerical coincidence, sometimes there is a clear mathematical reason for certain numbers to be almost integers. Pisot numbers, which are special types of algebraic integers, provide a systematic means to construct almost integers that approximate integers at an exponential rate. Of course, Pisot numbers are interesting on their own right and an interested speaker can also venture into the connections to Beta expansions (see the 2nd and 3rd references below), or fractals (see the 4th reference below).

**Required Background:** Basic analysis at the level of 147 and 138, algebra at the level of 145. Any other background depends on the direction the speaker takes with this topic.

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### Conway’s Game of Life

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### The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Naturally growing coral and crochet share an interesting trait in common: they help visualize hyperbolic planes. This talk might explore aspects of geometry, art and craft, or biology.

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### The Strong Law of Small Numbers

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